Whether you’re an officer, a GM or just an every day raider, you can help with recruiting. Part of this means finding out what classes you’re looking for and trolling the official WoW forums (along with other channels, such as WoWRaid and LookingforGuild) for LFG posts. If you’re not too invested in spending more than 5-10 minutes a day on recruiting, here are a few things you should do:
- Look at the pages 1-3 of the official Guild Recruitment Forum (note, the link is for the alliance forum)
- Post a response, generally copy/pasting whatever is in your recruitment thread on your realm forum and adding in a short, personal note to show that you read the post
- Bump your guild’s recruitment threads (realm forum and others)
When you’re trolling the official forums…
- Make sure you read applicant’s posts thoroughly (unless the spelling and typing is so atrocious it makes you want to barf)
- Get the relevant details: e.g. what kind of guild the poster is looking for (hardcore, casual), make sure your raid times mesh (are they looking for early morning, but you raid late evening?) and make a quick assessment of whether you think their personality would fit with your guild
- Post! Don’t be afraid to post in many different threads. Just try not to post in the same threads that someone else in your guild has already posted in.
Want to put a bit more effort in?
If you’re not satisfied doing the bare minimum of recruitment-related activities, there’s always more work to be done!
- Make profiles for your guild on sites like LookingforGuild
- Check recruiting forums more often and go past page 3
- Look at how your guild is recruiting and troubleshoot – is there something you feel is lacking or simply could be more efficient?
- Run PuG raids such as VoA and Ulduar25 (either start them or join existing runs) and start dialogues with unguilded raiders who stand out from the crowd (I joined an excellent guild back in BC by running a bunch of heroics with some people and then applying to their guild)
One other thing you can do (that I recently did) is to look at your application form. What questions are you asking applicants and is there a good reason to be asking each one? Start a dialogue with the rest of your guild (officers might have a reason to be using certain questions that you don’t know about) and trim the fat off your application. Some things to look out for:
- Yes/no questions – you want to provoke long responses from those stand-out applicants who are willing to put the effort in
- Questions that will likely provoke dishonesty (for example, “How do you deal with disagreements?” – applicants will never answer that they are likely to ragequit if they disagree with something, so you won’t learn anything useful from this question)
- Questions that are likely to get the same answer from any applicant to a raiding guild (such as “What are your goals in World of Warcraft?” If your guild is primarily a raiding guild, 99% of the time the answer will be “to raid” or some variation thereof)
What kind of questions does your guild put on its application? I’d love to hear about any eccentric/uncommon ones.