Wouldn’t it be easier to recruit if no other fraternity was recruiting against you? Your fraternity would get their choice of guys. Believe it or not, you have that opportunity right now.
It is the middle of October, and fraternity recruitment is probably the last thing from your mind. To take it a step further, fraternity recruitment is probably the furthest thing from the minds of every chapter on your campus. This sounds like a perfect recruitment opportunity to me.
So why don’t you have a recruitment event this week?
My suggestion, splurge and buy a bunch of pizzas and watch the Thursday night football game at the house. Most guys like football, so that will draw people to the event. Also, all guys like free food, so that is another draw. This is cheap event, and should get a decent turnout.
Challenge your brothers to each bring out one guy that has the potential to be a good brother. Every brother should know at least one guy who has the potential to join, if not then your fraternity really needs to improve their recruitment strategy.
At the event, be sure to get everyone’s contact information. Follow the rest of the recruitment strategies to ensure the recruit has a good time at the event.
I realize Thursday is a big social night in college towns, so encourage the recruits to continue hanging out and show them a good time. Remember, you are focusing on making friends at this stage of recruitment.
After the event, be sure to follow up with the guys who attended. Ask them if they had a good time, and if they ever thought about joining a fraternity. If it is a guy who the brotherhood deems has high potential, continue to keep in touch with him through the rest of the semester.
If you do this right, you can get four or five guys committed before the spring semester even starts. Use this event to jumpstart spring recruitment.
To learn more, check out our most in-depth article on fraternity recruitment: The Complete Guide to Fraternity Recruitment.