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1-02-2012 @ 9:54AM
If people are worried about the kinds of folks recruitment will bring in, have a tiered application process and a trial rank. Also see if friends and family of current guildmates are welcome first as a step in bringing in new blood.In both guilds I belong to (one for RP/5mans mainly, the other casual organized raiding) there are app processes to weed people out. You hang out with us first; we like to RP with people, we also like them coming to our guild meetings and running instances with us, getting to know them. For the RP guild, we have an application to fill out on the website people can fill out after hanging out for a couple weeks; they often put in their app immediately, but we don't touch it until we've spent time with them in game. If they have the patience and persistence to stick around, the RP group does an involved IC interview (an officer does a usually one-on-one, sometimes more than one officer or another full member appears) and sets the player at a trial rank; limited bank, etc access.The more progression-ish guild has people hang around awhile, join the custom friends chat channel, and may give them the trial rank (which doesn't allow communication in the actual guild chat). They then do a "trial" which is "go on some task/quest/silly adventure and tell us about it". We freely give help, advice, etc to the recruit. They do their thing and get made full members.In the RP group, after a trial period of a few weeks (depending on person), if they're active and fitting in with our OOC culture, we do more IC stuff to make them "full members" and promote from the trial rank.If people can't follow our directions from the get-go, or figure out something as simple as "make a wowstead account and post to the app forum", that weeds out a surprising number of folks, as does telling them "we don't recruit from the guild finder directly, follow its instructions to our website". We don't get an excessive number of recruits with our various steps, but the folks who follow through generally -want- to be there and are of good quality. It lets us assess people before they, or we, make a commitment to the guild. We've only had issues twice and asked people to leave after giving them a chance and they still didn't work out.
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