11 Unique Questions to Ask Potential New Members

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Change it up this rush by not constantly asking what major they are, which dorm they are living in, or which city they are from. Here is a list of seven questions you can ask to find the best rushee(s) for your chapter.

#1 If you could only listen to one genre of music for the rest of your life, which one would you choose?

Get to know what kind of music they are passionate about and which brothers they would hit the concerts/raves with. You can even go as far as to ask them which artists they can listen to on repeat every day. This might also get you able to get some good new music recommendations to expand your playlist choices. Besides, who doesn't love music?

#2 What kind of games do you like?

Learning someone’s favorite video game or board game can tell you a lot about a person. Do they like strategy-based games or games that need teamwork? If they say Monopoly, you know they have patience. If they don’t have a favorite game, feel free to show them the door.

#3 What would make you say “I’m sold on this fraternity”?

Find out what they are looking for in a fraternity. What is the most important thing to them about finding the right chapter? Are they interested in the brotherhood for friendship and support? Or are they looking for the alumni connections, the social events, and/or personal growth? If they say something that you believe your brotherhood can cater towards, let them know why and how.

#4 What’s your biggest achievement in life so far?

Getting to know what they value in life is extremely important in finding out what kind of person they are. Is their achievement in academics? In sports? About their family? Find out what it is, and you will have a better understanding of who they are as a person. Plus, talking about achievements will definitely help get them feeling good about themselves.


#5 If you were made manager of your favorite sports team for a week, what would you change about the team?

Find out how passionate they are about sports. Are they passionate to the extent that they have a strong opinion on how things should be ran in their favorite team’s locker room? Plus, it's not as generic as the overused questions: "What's your favorite sports team?" or "Do you watch sports?"

#6 What is your biggest strength and weakness?

This might sound like a job interview question, but being self-aware about oneself is super important for personal development. If they know their strengths, they know how to use it to their advantage. If they know their weaknesses, they know how they can improve themselves. You want to familiarize yourself with their strong qualities and see how they can help the chapter while also letting them know how the chapter can help them iron out their weaknesses

#7 What’s something you’ve always wanted to learn more about?


Everyone is curious about something or other. As humans, we are wired to seek out more information than we already have. Use this question to learn what they are passionate about apart from their major. Getting them talking about something they are excited about will also make them feel more comfortable. You might be surprised by what unique topics people are interested in.

#8 What’s the first thing you think of when you hear “fraternity”?

Learn what they associate the word “fraternity” with. Is it something that you think your house matches? Use this as an opportunity to tell them about the mission of the chapter and what your fraternity stands for. You want to make sure their understanding of brotherhood is in line with yours.


#9 What’s the one food you can’t live without?

Food is important to everyone. A lot of family gatherings involve food, so it usually induces positive and happy feelings. Get them talking about the food they like, and you will definitely put them in a good mood. Bonus: you will know if they will be your next food adventure buddy.


#10 How do you handle failure?

Life comes with its ups and downs. College can definitely be a challenging time for many, and how they deal with failure is important for you to understand how resilient they are in general. Additionally, if they are proud of an adversity they overcame, they will definitely be happy to talk about it. You can also use this as a chance to tell them about a time the brotherhood helped you get through a tough time.

#11 How did you feel when you first walked into this fraternity and why?

Find out what emotions they are experiencing. Are they nervous? Excited? Ambivalent? This will help you understand if they are vibing with the fraternity so far. You can use this as a chance to tell them how you feel everytime you com back to the fraternity house. Explain to them how and why the fraternity puts you in a good mood.


Hopefully these questions will give you more ideas of what to ask the PNMs coming out to recruitment. Remember that they might be visiting multiple chapters so don't be generic and try to keep conversations unique and engaging to spike their interest.

Comment below to tell us what you think are some good questions to ask PNMs during recruitment. And good luck with Rush!

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