How Rushing a Fraternity or Sorority is Similar to Recruiting for a Job

Updated: Jan 27

Whether you are wearing a new pair of Oxford-style business casual shoes or squeaky-clean Vans Shoes, you are dressed to impress. You scour the job recruiting event or the fraternity/sorority rush event searching for the top organizations. However, you instantly lose confidence after seeing a sea of similarly-dressed individuals recruiting for the same positions coming from the same school as you.

Both the company recruiters and fraternity/sorority rush chairs generally ask the same questions: “What's your name? Where are you from? What’s your major in school?” The thing that I have learned from participating in both of these recruiting events is that none of these questions matter.

The way to stand out from the competition is to tell them what you are about rather than who you are.

Let me explain. We can all attest to the fact that remembering names is difficult. Couple that with other basic and boring questions, and we conclude with a candidate’s forgotten profile. However, what we can remember are unique aspects of a person or their life. For instance, playing the ukulele, night surfing during a full moon, and running triathlons across California are indelible experiences that people will remember.

Think of it like this: the basic questions that employers or fraternity/sorority rush chairs ask are used to pass the time. Rather, the real meat of the conversation needs to touch on your unique self and your eccentricities that make you stand out from your peers. Refrain from simply regurgitating lines from your resume, but go deeper. Show them your true colors and you will be remembered.

You must be very observant when you meet someone for the first time. If you hear the employer or fraternity/sorority member speaking with an accent, ask them where they are from. If you have visited that place before, talk about it! Always try to find a common thread, since it will feel like an informal conversation with a friend rather than a formal meeting with a potential employer or fraternity/sorority member.

And so this is exactly what I did. When I was at a job recruiting event, the employer pulled out his phone to check the time and I saw his wallpaper of snow-capped mountains. I asked him if he snowboarded, and we then discussed our mutual passion for snowboarding for 20 minutes. Similarly, when I was rushing a fraternity, I was taking a tour of the fraternity house and noticed that the member had a wetsuit hanging in the corner of his room. I began to discuss my passion for surfing and we instantly bonded.

After successfully recruiting for both of these organizations, I realized that the process to landing a job is similar to landing a fraternity bid. Always show your true colors, discuss things that are not included in your resume, and try to find things that you and your potential employer or fraternity/sorority member may have in common.

70 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn

Career, careers, career coaching, career advice, career help, career search, career fair, career help, resume, resume review, resume revision, resume help, How to write a resume, how to make a resume, how to craft a resume, how to write a cover letter, how to write a coverletter, how to craft a cover letter, how to craft a coverletter, how to make a cover letter, how to make a coverletter, what is a resume, what is a coverletter, what is a cover letter, what is consulting, what is management consulting, what is strategy consulting, what is commercial real estate, what is finance, what is investment banking, how to get a job in consulting, how to get a job in investment banking, how to get a job in commercial real estate, Cover letter, cover letter review, cover letter creation, cover letter help, cover letter revision, cover letter feedback, Coverletter, coverletter review, coverletter creation, coverletter help, coverletter revision, coverletter feedback, Linkedin, linkedin review, linkedin building, linkedin revision, linkedin review, Recruitment, job recruitment, internship recruitment, internship, job, recruitment strategy, recruitment strategies,  job recruitment strategy, job recruitment strategies, internship recruitment strategy, internship recruitment strategies, Interview, interviews, interview prep, interview preparation, mock interview, mock interviews, mock interview prep, mock interview preparation, case interview, casing, mock case interview, mock casing interview, mock case interviews, mock casing interviews, banking technicals, banking technical interview, banking technical interviews, technical interview, technicals, mock technical interview, investment banking interview, mock investment banking interview, mock investment banking interviews, commercial real estate interview, mock commercial real estate interview, Networking, mastering networking, how to network, networking skills, networking advice, networking tips, Compensation negotiation, how to ask for more money, how to negotiate more money, how to negotiate more salary, how to negotiate a higher salary, Bain, bain and company, bain & company, mckinsey, bcg, boston consulting group, accenture, ernst and young, ey, ernst & young, deloitte, pwc, kpmg, fti consulting, Consulting, management consulting, strategy consulting, corporate finance, finance, banking, wealth management, investment banking, tech, technology, commercial real estate, real estate, 

©2021 Career Coaching Company