An important aspect of the Illinois Masonic application process is the “get to know you” interview.
The “get to know you” interview is genuinely beneficial to the petitioner or future Mason. We want to ensure that as Brothers, we are able to address any questions the man may have concerning the application process, Illinois Masonry, or Freemasonry in general. This is a chance for Lodge Brothers to interact with him and get to know him better. Their ultimate goal is to ensure that the individual is a good fit for the Lodge and that the Lodge is a good fit for the individual!
The fourth stage of the application procedure is the interview. It occurs after you’ve requested further information or contacted a local Lodge and completed a membership petition. Your interview will be conducted once your petition is reviewed in Lodge by an Investigation Committee. This interview may take place at your house or at Lodge; it differs from Lodge to Lodge. Once you’ve been called to schedule the appointment, you’ll be informed of where the interview will take place
Three Brothers have been appointed to the Investigation Committee and will be present for the interview. Usually, one of the Brothers would take the lead and ask the most important questions. The other two will be on the lookout for objects that may have been overlooked. In general, they will review the questions on the back of the petition, such as whether or not you believe in “a God,” how you learned about Freemasonry, and why you decided to fill out your petition. We’ll also ask you a few personal questions, such as what you do for a living, what your interests are outside of work, whether you’re married or have children, and so on. We suggest dedicating 20 to 30 minutes for this conversation because interviews can last as long as an hour.
It’s also worth noting that certain Illinois lodges conduct background checks as part of the vetting and application process. Lodges uphold Illinois Freemasonry’s dignity and reputation to the greatest levels. The Lodge may request a background check because they want you to have a high moral standard.
Many aspiring Masons wonder what they should dress in the days leading up to their interview. We encourage that you dress in a suit and tie, since this is the standard at Lodge. However, this is not a hard and fast rule, and many lodges in Ohio dress business casually. If the Lodge member that approaches you does not go through this with you while setting up their meeting, don’t be hesitant to ask.
Most importantly, relax; we want you to be in an environment where you feel free to ask any questions you have about joining. This is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate your interest in Freemasonry while also getting to know your potential future Brothers!