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At Phi Chi Theta, we welcome and deeply value brothers’ diverse backgrounds and experiences. We recognize that everyone comes to Cornell with varying levels of exposure to the business world, and we are committed to making Phi Chi Theta a space on campus that is accessible to all, regardless of prior professional experience. Here are some helpful tips for navigating PCT’s recruitment process.

Recruitment Tips

  • We ask that you submit a resume when you apply. While we will work on resumes during new member education and do not expect perfection, here are some helpful tips for your resume: Resume Guide , Sample Resume

  • Show up to your interviews on time and dressed in business casual! Here is a guide to business casual attire: Business Casual Guide. Another great resource is Cornell Wardrobe, which offers free business clothes to borrow! We completely understand if you are not able to dress in business casual clothes for recruitment, and your attire will not be a factor in your deliberations. Please reach out to Vincent (, our Diversity & Inclusion chair, to let us know if this is the case or for any extra guidance regarding attire!

  • Here are some general tips for interviews: Interview Guide

  • The best way to prepare for PCT recruitment is to be familiar with common behavioral interview questions and to practice articulating your interests and experiences in business, why you want to join PCT, and what you would bring to the brotherhood! We recommend reading through our website to have a full understanding of PCT as an organization. 

  • For the group case, it may be helpful to brush up on your mental math skills. However, in this round it is most important to focus on collaborating and working well with your team!

  • Stay professional throughout your interviews! Avoid topics such as significant others/sex life, parties, drugs, and alcohol, and use professional language (no swear words). 

  • If you need any additional accommodations to ensure your best performance in our recruitment cycle, please reach out to our recruitment chairs, Hannah ( and Ivan ( Time conflict accommodations will be granted for circumstances such as religious, medical, or emergency situations, but may not be granted in cases such as another club's recruitment or another on-campus commitment. 

Pre-Recruitment Coffee Chats

Coffee chats are one on one meetings held in the weeks leading up to recruitment, and they are usually about 15-30 minutes long. These chats are designed for prospective new members to get to know a member of Phi Chi Theta and ask any questions about recruitment, the organization, or your particular business interests. Business attire is not required or expected. These chats are not evaluated. They are 100% optional and have no impact on your recruitment process.

Helpful tips for having a great coffee chat:

  • To schedule a coffee chat, please reach out via the coffee chat request form on our home page or a specific brother's Cornell email. Reaching out via other methods such as Instagram DM, LinkedIn, or text message is not standard. 

  • Show up on time!

  • Come with questions about PCT! Read through our website and think of any questions you may have about our recruitment season or what it is like to be a brother.

  • Come knowing a bit of background about the person you are chatting! On the Brotherhood Page of our website, you can read about each brother and their interests. These can be helpful conversation starters.

  • Be ready to share a bit about yourself! We would love to get to know you.

  • Stay professional! Avoid topics such as relationships/sex life, drugs, and alcohol.

  • Please let the brother know in advance if you need to reschedule! 

  • If a brother does not show up to a scheduled coffee chat, please reach out to them via email. If there is no response, please contact one of the recruitment chairs, Hannah ( or Ivan ( 

  • When in doubt, ask! We do not expect beautifully written emails from prospective new members - we help you acquire those skills throughout new member education. If you have any questions or would like a template of a coffee chat request email, please reach out to our Diversity & Inclusion Chair, Vincent ( 

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