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Top 25 Union Representative Interview Questions

Question 1 of 25
Describe a difficult project and how you overcame it?
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Question 2 of 25
What motivates you as an union representative?
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There can be several motivating factors for a person to choose a particular line of profession. What motivates you to become a union representative? To answer this question think of what you like about this job and what are you planning to achieve out of this. Is it the feeling of helping others or the leadership that drives you or a mix of both? A good union representative has a healthy mix of leadership qualities as well as empathy towards others. So make sure your answer gives the hiring manager a good idea about the fact that you are highly motivated and this is not just any other job for you but something that you really enjoy doing.

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"My main motivation as a union representative is the inner satisfaction that I get whenever I get to help the employees in trouble or when I act as a catalyst in preventing some strike from happening. When the union members or my peers look up to me with certain expectations and I am able to fulfil them, I feel happy and content from my job and it also motivates me to do even better."
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Question 3 of 25
Do you consider yourself a leader?
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The role of a union representative is to guide and lead the union members, to be their voice when required and to explain the stand of the employers to the employees whenever needed. Acting as a bridge between the two requires leadership skills and thus the answer to this question is quite obvious.
Take a moment to share that you strive to be the role model for the union and your family and friends. Explain that you jump at the opportunity to lead groups, encourage your counterparts, and be the face for the union when challenges arise because you understand that these are vital pieces to being a true leader.

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"I believe that more than being a leader I am a friend, a guide and a support system for the people I work with. I have learnt to be patient, assertive and organized and this has helped me a lot in my job."
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Question 4 of 25
How do you get a peer or colleague to accept one of your ideas?
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The key component to answer this question is your relationship building skills. Tell the interviewer that you work each day to build relationships with your peers and colleagues. Explain how you have small talk with them, learn about their families and special interests, and ensure that you engage with each person on a regular basis. Share that these relationships have helped you gain respect and trust from your peers because they allow these people to see that you care about them. Tell the interviewer that when you approach your peers or colleagues with a new idea, they typically accept right away because they know who are, respect you, and understand that you care about them!

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"I have always respected the opinions of my team mates and value their advise whenever there is a need for the same. Because I value my relationships with my team and colleagues, its easy to make them accept new ideas as they understand that I won't be proposing anything that is not good for them."
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Question 5 of 25
How well do you work with people?
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You work great with people! You are in the people business, and the interviewer wants to hear that you work well with all types of people from every walk of life! Get excited to toot your own horn and share how you seem to easily interact with anyone and everyone.
The best way to show off your people-skills is to share how you have interacted with employers or coworkers in the past.

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"I love working with people. I try my best to be flexible and open in the workplace, understanding that things can change quickly. I also want to stay on good terms with my coworkers, so if I sense a conflict arising, I will be sensitive in addressing it before it escalates."
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Question 6 of 25
Why do you want to be a union representative?
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Question 7 of 25
How will you contribute to the union?
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Question 8 of 25
Have you ever been involved in a union strike?
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Question 9 of 25
Tell me about a time when you were trusted with confidential information.
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Question 10 of 25
Tell me about a time when you faced conflict at the work place.
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Question 11 of 25
When working on multiple projects, how do you prioritise your work?
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Question 12 of 25
What are key tasks for a Union Representative?
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Question 13 of 25
What is the most enjoyable part of the union representative job?
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Question 14 of 25
What is the most critical aspect of this job?
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Question 15 of 25
How would you define success for someone as a Union Representative?
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Question 16 of 25
What skills did you learn at your last job that you can use here?
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Question 17 of 25
In what kind of work environment are you most comfortable?
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Question 18 of 25
What is your strongest qualification for this job?
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Question 19 of 25
Where do you see yourself in five years?
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Question 20 of 25
How are your communication skills?
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Question 21 of 25
What is your greatest strength? How does it help you as a Union Representative?
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Question 22 of 25
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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Question 23 of 25
Why are you the best candidate for us?
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Question 24 of 25
What do you know about our organization?
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Question 25 of 25
Tell me about a time when you went above and beyond the call of duty.
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About Union Representative

June 13th, 2018

Human resources specialists recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. They also may handle human resources work in a variety of other areas, such as employee relations, payroll and benefits, and training.

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