After I had submitted my application to join my local lodge, the Worshipful Master (president or otherwise leader of the lodge) called to tell me 3 men, on behalf of the lodge, would be in contact to schedule an interview. As it turns out, one of the men called me within the hour, and we had scheduled an interview in my parents home for the following evening. The location is usually in the applicant’s home, but we had agreed to meet at my parents’ because it was much more convenient for them and myself.
I didn’t know what to expect or how to prepare myself. I found some great information about the investigation committee process online, after searching around a bit, but it wasn’t exactly what I was after. The most advice I got from it, and other sources, was for me to be myself. But I was looking for questions. I was curious to see what they’d be looking to find out.
When the freemasons arrived to interview me, I had my girlfriend (long-time relationship) and my parents present. The interview was very informal, and was more of a common social chat amongst friends, than a job interview type of interview. Although, each of the three Masons had a booklet to quickly jot things down.
The questions I was asked were simple and casual: what did I do for a living, was I married, did I believe in God, what are my interests and hobbies, did I belong to any clubs, and more things like that. Just basic getting-t0-know-someone questions. My family and I were given the opportunity to ask them questions and to voice any concerns about joining freemasonry, and they were all more than willing & glad to answer.
The advice I had received about relaxing and just being myself made sense after the interview was over, and the Masons had parted. The short time they were there (a little under an hour) was very casual and informal. It was much different than I had expected.
At the next lodge meeting, I was invited to attend before it started, where I had the opportunity to meet the members, and they had the chance to ask me any questions before balloting on my application for joining that night.
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