Since I've become guild leader, we have done very little recruiting for raiding - all our new "recruits" have been via friends of people in the guild, or friends of mine via the game/twitter/blogging - Asys came via Nerisella, who came with Disco (I feel bad, I think I broke him because he ain't coming back to WoW), and Neri is one of my blogging friends. Voros came via blogging. Exray and Lushen were friends of Aza (during Dath'remar Frostwolves days). Sars is a friend of Priestietute's. And so on.
The guild recruiting tab is rather useless. I have used it ONCE and that didn't go far. Nobody reads it anyway.
When I read the recruiting forums for Oceanic servers, EVERYONE is looking for people. They're all looking for heroic raiders. Even the people advertising there who are looking for guild are heroic raiders. I'm not sure the person I would be looking for would be in there, but I decided to write an advertisement that will hopefully appeal to the kind of person we are looking for.
So what AM I looking for?
Well, we are not a heroic raiding guild, so I don't need any hardcore people screaming at me in vent. We are very understanding of not being able to make raids due to family and work commitments, so we really are just looking for backups to our raiding numbers that we can pull to raid if we need. Come WoD it will be great because all the levels we raid at will be flex anyway so no more sitting out!
But how to angle it so you can attract people. Why would anyone want to join our guild over all those great progression guilds?
I guess the key points that I am looking for are:
- Skilled at their class and playing well in a group
- Not necessarily an experienced raider but willing to learn the ropes quickly
- Easy to get along with and understanding of raiding/guild needs
But how do you sell that?
I guess there might be someone out there with raiding experience returning to game and needing to get back into it. Though I am looking for someone more loyal, someone who values the friendliness of our guild, yet is also mature enough to understand the need to sit out for others every now and then. I think the selling point we have is to aim it to the casual player who wants to raid but like us, has many commitments and sometimes can't raid full time. Someone who would just raid on Thursdays and Mondays is perfect! Well, I put my guild recruitement post in. See if anyone bites.
I have also been using trade channel a lot too when I see people LFGuild. You can learn a lot about a person chatting with them in game - how polite they are, their level of maturity, their attitudes towards the other people, new people. I give them "the talk" and so far there are few people that have either been interested or meet my expectations.
Triarch, of Illidari Remnants, was telling me about how he does guild recruitment. He told me he had gone through a lot of trials and rejected them. Geez, that's a lot of recruiting! I don't think we would have that many applicants. But we'll see.