Many people are familiar with the NIC’s 5-Step Recruitment Model, but Beta Theta Pi has inserted an important a sixth step.
1) Meet Him
2) Make Him A Friend
3) Introduce Him to Your Friends
4) Evaluate Him Against Standards (NEW STEP)
“Now that you have made a new friend and introduced him to your friends, it is time to decide if he meets your recruitment standards. Is this person committed academically? Will this person uphold our obligations? If indeed he has the qualities we seek as Betas, we should proceed in introducing him to the Fraternity.”
I believe that we have been doing this over the years as part of making new friends. While some men do this automatically, Beta Theta Pi has inserted this step because evaluation should be very intentional. Deliberately reflecting upon and discussing the organization’s standards with your friends who have met this person will strengthen chapters. Those conversations should become ritual for judging standards of your organization against its prospective new members. These intentional conversations serve as a reminder of the standards and values of your organization that will drive the quality and strength of your chapter.
5) Introduce Him to the Fraternity
6) Ask Him to Join
Hats off to Beta Theta Pi for critically thinking about recruitment and standards. Thanks to the editors The Beta Theta Pi for the article “If It’s The Fraternity’s Lifeline, Then Why Do So Many Chapters Struggle With It? RECRUITMENT” that appeared in its 2010 Summer Issue. http://www.betathetapi.org/news/magazine