Agony 0.0 Application Process/Recruitment
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This covers the internal to Agony process for handling applications.
Note: throughout this document the term recruiter is used to indicate the following:
- Designated Recruiters
- Upon submission of an application it will be moved to the applications forum and locked. (All recruiters have moderator access to the general forum and can move application postings.)
- A recruiter will review the application and take "ownership" of the application. This will usually be based upon timezones that the player indicates they routinely play in.
- Depending upon the application answers the recruiter will classify the applicant as EXPERIENCED, SKILLED or INEXPERIENCED and update the thread title to reflect the assessment. i.e. [APPLICATION-SKILLED]
- EXPERIENCED and SKILLED players will be set to blue (TASK posted to forums?)
- EXPERIENCED and SKILLED players will be sent a forum PM from the recruiter letting them know they are the "owner" of the applicants process, that they are invited to join Agony gangs and attempt to schedule an interview time.
- INEXPERIENCED player applications will be unlocked and a request for a sponsor will be made. Once a sponsor has committed to an applicant they will PM them and start the process of interviewing.
Interview - EXPERIENCED/SKILLED Applicants
This interview will be conducted by a recruiter and may be listened in on by others at the discretion of the recruiter. Discuss with the applicant the PVP/situational questions from the interviewer questionnaire (PENDING). Your goal is not to embarrass or grill a candidate but to come to an understanding of the pvp skills and strengths. The tone of the interview should be conversational but direct and focused.
Look to try and determine if they are really pvper's (EXPERIENCED) or are they decently skilled pilots that have spent their time in empire or carebear 0.0 corps and want to be pvpers (SKILLED). Some pilots will not fall cleanly into a category, the recruiter should use their best judgement and common sense. How strong is their desire to kill? How strong is their fear of being killed or podded? Do they have an income source?
The interview should touch on enough of the rules questions to see if the applicant has read and understands them. Be sure to ask for details and ask follow up questions to make sure that the applicant actually understands what they are saying and is not just regurgitating things they've heard from others.
Interview - INEXPERIENCED Applicants
This interview will be conducted by a recruiter and the core member that has agreed to sponsor the applicant. Discuss with the applicant the PVP/situational questions from the interview questionnaire. Your goal is not to embarrass or grill a candidate but to come to an understanding of the pvp skills and strengths. The tone of the interview should be conversational but direct and focused.
Try and determine the candidates ability to contribute to Agony, their motivation level and how well they will tolerate an environment where most of the pilots can fly t2. What are their isk making abilities. Candidates that show promise should be invited to join a roam during their timezone that includes their sponsor. During this process the sponsor should be looking for indicators that the pilot is ready to take on the challenge of 0.0. Some newer pilots may need additional classes before joining and/or joining multiple class roams. Do not string the pilot on, the reality is that you as the sponsor are taking responsibility for them. The sponsor should have a chat window open with their applicant at all times while in-game.
The recruiter overseeing the applicant will discuss with the sponsor the pilots readiness to join Agony. Inexperienced pilots may be required to take one or more of our classes before being allowed to join. There is not a one-size-fits-all path to joining Agony.
Applicants Joining Agony Gangs
Those pilots whose recruiter determines that they should fly with Agony during their application period will be set to blue and will add APPLICANT to their vent comment. The applicant should be invited to join Agony gangs during that time. Pilots (trial and members) that have flown with or interacted with the applicant should post comments and indicate a YES or NO on the applicant's forum thread. We are not looking for indications of "meh, let him have a trial", the bar to join Agony is high and we are looking for "hell yes" votes.
When the pilots join our gangs we are not there to "grill" or make them uncomfortable (some will already be nervous enough). See if they respond well, follow orders, know how to fly and fit their ships. Can they take on normal fleet roles of 360, probes, etc. Skills are important but we want to know if they will fit in, do they have the right attitude? Do they stand out as a good pilot? Can they communicate decently on vent?
Recruiters have wide latitude in their handling of applicants. Some applicants will need more assessment than others and may be required to take classes and/or join class fleets. Some applicants may even be made trial members with only director/CEO approval. Common sense and courtesy will be involved in interacting with applicants. The goal is to raise the bar of new recruits and to get to know them a bit better before they join.