I'm lucky, I'm already an officer in a great and growing guild; Convergence. We have a lot of great and friendly members who are already very active posters on the guild forums and are busy discussing their plans and hopes for launch. We are also attracting a lot of new applicants to the guild right now (in the region of 5 to 10 new applications every single day), and it's that topic I want to talk about. Because the majority of the applications we are receiving are absolutely, bloody, horrendously, eye-gougingly awful! Seriously, after trawling through the latest batch I'm banging my head on the desk.
Ok... brief rant over. Let's carry on.
As a guild we don't need to recruit any new members before launch, we have our quota and are getting to know one another better. We are in the lucky position of being able to cherry pick the best of the applications that are coming our way. However, in light of the very poor standard of many of the applications we are receiving I thought it might be an idea to discuss my recommendations on the do's and don'ts of making an application to join a guild.
|Recruitment poster by cliffchiang.com|
These are my own personal opinions and do not form any kind of formal or informal criteria of the Convergence guild application procedure. Each application is discussed by all officers, so it's not just my thoughts that decide if an application is successful or not. Therefore, take all of this as my own random mumblings rather than a guide on how to make a successful application to Convergence! A lot of this advice may well apply to all guild applications for all games.
First of all, try levity, not brevity. The only chance we have to judge a new applicant is by their responses on the application form, and just answering questions with "yes", "no" or ignoring them altogether tells us nothing. Some of the applications we've received must have taken all of five seconds to complete. We aren't looking for your life history, but something that shows some character, sense of humour or spark goes a long way.
Secondly, do a bit of research on the guild you are looking to join. Why do we get applicants from the US who admit they will only be playing in US peak times, when we are clearly an EU guild? The very first words on the website are "EU SWTOR GUILD". Our guild description says we are focused on PvE, that we are family friendly, not hardcore. So, tell us about yourself and the kind of gaming you like. Knowing that you managed to reach xxx dps on such-and-such a raid doesn't interest us (though for other guilds it may be relevant).
Finally there is the basic stuff. Take the time to spell things correctly and construct proper sentences, because some of the applications are hard to read and I don't fancy having to try to decipher the poor language in game as well. Don't be obtuse and answer questions like "What else would you like to say about yourself?" with odd one-word answers like "happy".
At least we haven't received dodgy photographs by way of inducement, like some horror stories I've heard about!
Am I taking all this too seriously? Probably. Yet we are trying to build a special community of like minded friends here, not a random assortment of strangers. I've been in pre-release guilds before that were torn apart by drama and angst. We don't want any of that and we can afford to be picky.
Right, I have another batch of applications to go and trawl through...