Informal Recruitment

INFORMAL RECRUITMENT: Informal refers to recruitment that is carried out solely between the chapters and the PNMs. It is up to the chapters and the PNMs to find ways to learn more about each other without being formally orchestrated by the IFC. This process is typically done via informal meet and greets or individually scheduled chapter events (see chapter’s Engage/ website for details).

Some chapters begin their informal recruitment process following the formal process in spring as a way to obtain additional spring new members. However, some will not take additional members in spring and instead participate in the fall informal recruitment process in order to obtain upperclassmen for a separate fall new member class. Some chapters will only participate as a way to get an early start on recruitment for a spring new member class. Others will participate in an informal process recruiting both in spring following the formal process as well as conduct activities to recruit upperclassmen in the fall. Some chapters will choose not to participate, instead solely rely on recruiting new members during the formal process in spring.
The choice to participate in informal recruitment will depend on the organization, as it will change from year to year. Many chapters will base their decision on how well recruitment has gone for them the prior year, their chapter’s governing documents, and/or their organizations commitment to year-round recruitment. In general it’s best to just ask the organization you're interested in as to what type of recruitment they traditionally participate in.
To participate in a chapter’s informal process you should do the following:
  • Visit the chapter’s Engage page and/or personal websites/social media pages and contact the chapters of interest by emailing the chapter’s President and/or Recruitment Officer if listed.
  • Attend chapter/IFC recruitment events as they become available.
  • Work with the organization you are interested in to fill out any/all necessary paperwork required prior to bid acceptance by the GW Greek Life Office and/or the chapter’s National/International office.
  • Eventually chapters might extend you a formal invitation (bid) to join their organization. When and if you receive one or more bids –decide on a single chapter and accept.  Once that is done, the recruitment process is finished.
  • Contact the VP Recruitment/visit the IFC recruitment website for further details.
Though the processes for formal and informal recruitment may vary in style, the rules and intended outcomes are the same: both processes showcase the values and principles the organizations upholds. This serves to help you narrow your search, thereby, finding the organization that is of best fit.