Giving PNMs More Independence During Formal Recruitment

by Ellen Chesnut

It’s not always easy to give up control. We often use perfectly good energy to plan, predict and prevent things that aren’t or weren’t ever actually in our control. We all know things go much more smoothly when we simply allow things to happen versus making things happen, but we all like to be in the driver’s seat. It’s in our nature, especially when it comes to all the logistics and management of Panhellenic recruitment.

There are so many lists to make, boxes to check, and then a nagging desire to double and triple check everything. It’s no wonder we micromanage the process to not allow our PNMs (who, by the way, this process is really all about) to have much control over their experience. As the demographic of PNMs evolve with the new generation of students entering college, we know PNMs don’t want to be told where to be and when to be there. We also know surrendering all the control to PNMs won’t work, at least not in the way Panhellenic recruitment is currently run. That’s why the team at TechniPhi is excited to announce the new release of their PNM Companion app which not only saves your Panhellenic recruitment team hours of time during recruitment, but gives PNMs a little bit more control over their recruitment experience. A win-win for everyone!

TechniPhi’s PNM Companion app (available on both iOS and Android) only works with IMG_3821the CampusDirector Panhellenic recruitment software, technology  that manages recruitment from start to finish for Fraternity and Sorority councils across the country. In this new release, PNMs will have the ability to take notes on their recruitment experience or the conversations they just finished while leaving a chapter event. They will also be able to view videos, PDFs, recruitment guides, and educational content all pushed out by the Panhellenic council.

In addition to those features, PNMs will now be able to connect directly with their Recruitment Counselor via voice, text, and email. They can receive messages from the council and view their schedule with the app’s sleek design to know exactly what event they are suppose to be at and when they need to be there. PNMs can also enter their selections for each round making the logistics of getting PNMs in and out of computer labs or coordinating additional staff or recruitment counselor time non-existent. The PNM IMG_3823Companion app is meant to relieve some of the logistical stresses of recruitment for both the Panhellenic recruitment team and recruitment counselors, all while giving PNMs a little more control over their experience.

VP of Technology for TechniPhi, Ellen Chesnut said, “I believe that time is one of the most important elements of Panhellenic recruitment. There isn’t enough time to provide every individual PNM with an individualized custom experience in recruitment, so we’ve got to give a little to get little. Give the PNM the ability to feel more connected to their experience through technology they’ve pretty much grown up with, and in return get some time back.” Chesnut continued, “Plus as an added bonus, your Panhellenic you can now communicate with PNMs more often and give them that more customized experience, we know they are all craving!”

“The app was great and drastically cut down the need for a separate computer lab for priorities and preferences. This in turn saved us time and allowed us to move on with IMG_3817the many other activities more quickly, said the Panhellenic recruitment team at the University of Wyoming after using the PNM Companion App. “Further, if a PNM did not complete her selections and we needed to track her down, it was usually done within moments, again, saving a ton time.”

“It empowered our PNMs more as they were the ones with their schedules and preferences, not the recruitment counselors. It made Primary Recruitment more of ‘their’ process. It also saved us time because we did not have to print 750 schedules each day! We got a few more hours of sleep!” said the VP’s of Recruitment for Iowa State University

The overall goal of any recruitment is the success of the PNMs, chapters and Panhellenic community. Success is measured differently year after year for each community, however, we can all agree that turning a little bit of the control over to PNMs through technology can both save time and provide a more engaging experience is a win for everyone in the recruitment process. To learn more about the PNM Companion app or CampusDirector, feel free to request a demo or get in touch, you won’t be disappointed!

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About TechniPhi: TechniPhi is the sister company of Phired Up Productions, and both companies help fraternities and sororities grow. The company’s products, services, and brands are creating the future of fraternities and sororities by transforming the way people join. The company delivers relationship-focused, data-driven, results-producing TECHNOLOGY, EDUCATION, and STRATEGY solutions for every aspect of the pre-member experience from first-impression through initiation.