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I’m sure all of you following along at home have your own answers to these questions and I’d love to hear them!
1. How do you decline applications?
I haven’t had to decline too many people. Unless they have a really terribad application, I’ll let them in for their trial period. Usually the kind that fail their recruitment trial period REALLY fail, to the point where it’s an angry /gkick /ignore. I’ve tried to give a specific concern, like “you seem to be looking for a more hard-core environment than we have, and the officers were afraid you’d feel held back by the guild.” It’s hard because sometimes honesty can be really mean, so try to give the most honest answer you can without going into the “mean” reasons.
2. What resources do you use to recruit people?
I have had really good luck simply posting a recruitment post on my realm forum on the official forums. The LFG cross-realm forum moves too quickly and generally didn’t produce any decent candidates. The “secret” to a compelling recruitment post is to give “updates” rather than simple /bump. Like “last night we took 2 groups into ICC and pwned the place!” or “We’re now starting a fun-run Saturday evenings, to help gear up new 80’s.” Of course, update with guild firsts, and get your guildies involved writing silly things on the thread. If a thread is 3 pages long, the posts are entertaining, and every post has substance (not just “still looking for people”) it makes your guild look awesome. Now, almost every applicant we get says “I saw your post on the realm forums and it seems like the guild would be a good fit.” And for most people it has been!
3. Do you recruit for the number of players the guild needs?
Basically, I just leave the recruiting post on the realm forums open, and bump it when it seems like we’re scrambling for subs. Being in a casual guild, we don’t really have “spots”. It’s impossible to know how many people we have for raids based on our roster. Every week, we have a good number busy or on vacation, etc. So… I never turn anyone away because we’re “full”, but I am not aggressive about it unless we’re having to cancel raids due to lack of sign ups.