Whether your organisation is a benevolent welcoming democracy or a brutal autocracy, you don’t want a new recruit who doesn’t gel with the people, culture, and cause. The stakes are particularly high in EVE Online, given the risk of betrayal. How do you know if a would-be corpmate shares your lofty ideals? If they’ll get along with their colleagues? And that they’re not a mole working for your rivals?
“One thing is for certain when you join Fun Inc / Even Better With Friends, there is no trial by fire!”
“While many pilots have stayed with us for our entire history or for years at a time, many more have moved on to become leaders and exceptional pilots all across New Eden. And we take a great deal of pride in their accomplishments and the standards they help set wherever they go and under whomever’s flag they fly.”
“If you have the passion to become a pirate and the skills needed to do so, then you are welcome to join […] New players either thrive as part of our group or they do not. We are not a teaching institution, but we are willing to teach if you are willing to learn. We are not here to give out ISK or free ships, but there are always those who will help if you need it.
“Piracy is a cauldron. If you can survive and thrive within that cauldron, then you have what it takes to fly with us and ‘yarrr’ among the stars. (Oh, I like that, I just made that up.)”
Next, they need to have some common sense: “They have to be able to click on a Discord link, read, understand the basic instructions on the form, and then fill it out. You’d be surprised how many fail even that.”
The next step looks to the recruits’ actual answers: “The test is about small-gang PvP and fitting theory. People need to have a decent grasp of what makes a well-composed ship. If that baseline can’t be met, there will be annoying situations in the future.”
Finally, if they’ve proven themselves in the theory test, it’s onto the practical: “If their answers are decent, you invite them to roam with you for an evening to see how they fulfil their role. Are they getting lost all the time? Do they know what to do on grid?”
With each corporation taking radically different approaches to recruitment and leadership, nervous recruits should seemingly stop worrying about whether they suit the corp, but rather if the corp suits them. To coin a phrase, it’s not if the horse is a good fit for the shoe, but if the shoe is a good fit for the horse.