A lot of the RP guilds I've either been a member of, officer or GM of, or RPed with, have had some form of introductory RP system for new members. Many times this is just a simple, single, sit-down with the guild GM or an officer. These sessions are an opportunity for guild leaders to begin integrating the new member into guild RP, introducing the new player to guild rules, lore, activities, etc., and an opportunity for the new member to introduce their character formally and in-character to guild leadership. I'm aware that some SF RP guilds, like the <Paragons Covenant>, have actual policies outlining how such RP should be conducted.
I'm curious to hear the community's thoughts on RP guild introductory RP. The guild I currently GM, <Imperial Ministry of War>, does not employ any such system of introductory RP.
Do you think an introductory RP system is an essential part of RP guild management?
How long should the introductory period be?
Who should be responsible for leading introductory RP?
Should introductory RP sessions be mandatory, or optional?
What other thoughts do you have on the subject?