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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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"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."
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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Question 3 of 25
Do you consider yourself a 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."
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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Question 4 of 25
How do you get a peer or colleague to accept one of your ideas?
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Question 5 of 25
How well do you work with people?
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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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Question 1 of 25
Describe a difficult project and how you overcame it?
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I had a project and I ignored it until it went away.
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I needed to address a BT member who attacked me verbally and over e-mail through sexist rants about my incapacity for the work. He also verbally attacked the member leaders, the former organizer, the former and current negotiator, often through sexism and racism. Through organizing with the member leaders we grew the activist base and no longer needed that member to be involved in the transition from bargaining to having a union contract. He has the right to representation, but the membership organized him out of their leadership ranks.
Question 2 of 25
What motivates you as an union representative?
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Helping others understand the union and get the help they need.
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To be a fair voice for the common worker. I believe that everyone deserves to be heard in fair and objective fashion.
3.
The members. Building worker power in the workplace and fighting for our members.
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Helping members in difficult situations. Making sure everyone works in a good work environemtn.
Question 3 of 25
Do you consider yourself a leader?
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Yes, I can take the initiative and run with a project but at the same time value the input from those on my team. Everyone brings to the project their own valuable personal experiences.
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I never used to. I like to follow direction and work as a team but sometimes I like to take the lead and run with a project.
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Yes I do, this has been a very important part of my previous job. Working with a team has always been the most enjoyable part of working in food serivce. Its importsnt to understand each person role and task, and to keep in contasnt communication with them so that they feel and stay in the loop on changes that come up. Making sure that each person knows and feels listened to and respected is how I have been able to build a team that is strong and able to achieve great things.
Question 4 of 25
How do you get a peer or colleague to accept one of your ideas?
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Explain the pros and cons and listen to their feed back.
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First of all you need to be prepared and knowledgeable all aspects of your idea. Sit and explain to them and answer all of their question. Also be open to suggestions about your idea and how it could be improved. Include them in the process.
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I don't. I do what I want.
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Communication and a clear understanding of what effect your idea will have on thise around you. You need to be able to walk them step by step through each part of your idea, explaining what problems you forsee and how you plan to deal with those issues. Asking for their input along the way and for any issues that they may have seen that you missed. Including them in the planning and execution, making them a part of the process so they can also feel the satisfaction of success at the end.
Question 5 of 25
How well do you work with people?
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Working well with people even if you dont always share thensame view point is something I have had some experience with as well. Although itnis nice when everyone is agreed and working toward the same goal that is not always what happens. Making sure that you talk with ypour team about what your viewpoint is and ensuring people know why and how yoj are proceeding on the path youve chosen. Also, makingnsure thst your team feels there is open communication so that they can bring you issues that they are having and know that you will be respectful and willing to talk about problems they are having with you or others, and knowing that zlthough we may not always agree on every part of the job or task that it doesnt need to create an unpleasant enviroment.
Question 6 of 25
Why do you want to be a union representative?
Question 7 of 25
How will you contribute to the union?
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Using my skills to help others as well as my bilingual skills.
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I contribute professional knowledge of the field, strong relationships with members, and creative organizing strategies to build worker power and engage the membership.
Question 8 of 25
Have you ever been involved in a union strike?
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Only once a couple of years ago when GSS went out on a Wildcat strike for a day.
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I don't know what baseball has to do with this.
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Yes, I supported the Solano county workers strike. I did field work prepping members beforehand, I led picket captaiin trainings, I helped keep the strike lines moving and moral up, and I helped communicate tot he members the chapter leaders decision to extend the strike by 2 days.
Question 9 of 25
Tell me about a time when you were trusted with confidential information.
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I normally get pulled aside by foreman to tell me new projects or concerns that need to be addressed with out letting everyone know.
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When my friend told me a secret and I told everyone. I told her not to tell me.
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This happens al the time. Members send me e-mail communications from their supervisors so we can strategize worksite actions or grievances. For example, in a step one grievance meeting I let the employer know there were members who unwilling to request compensation for work according to the CBA because they feared retaliation in the form of losing a position on a committee. When asked for specifics, I replied, right now tis is communications amongst members but I want you to know it will become a problem if they are not compensated. I suggest sending out a communication about this new policy/agreement to the membership.If we still hear people are fearing retaliation we will let you know more specifics.
Question 10 of 25
Tell me about a time when you faced conflict at the work place.
Question 11 of 25
When working on multiple projects, how do you prioritise your work?
Question 12 of 25
What are key tasks for a Union Representative?
Question 13 of 25
What is the most enjoyable part of the union representative job?
Question 14 of 25
What is the most critical aspect of this job?
Question 15 of 25
How would you define success for someone as a Union Representative?
Question 16 of 25
What skills did you learn at your last job that you can use here?
Question 17 of 25
In what kind of work environment are you most comfortable?
Question 18 of 25
What is your strongest qualification for this job?
Question 19 of 25
Where do you see yourself in five years?
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I see my self as an active union representative with new skills and working towards expanding my skills to the max.
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I would like to see myself with a degree in Labour Relations.
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As a rep for the adjuncts since we keep organizing more schools. I hope to be doing union education for these mew members and supporting the to be strong union activists.
Question 20 of 25
How are your communication skills?
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Great I can speak everyone langue I mean not only bilingual but I speak union and construction language.
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Great, I am clear and concise a little to wordy when in the written form but I like to have all of the details so that there is no confusion. Verbally I believe that it is important to know your audience and use words and phraseology that they can relate too.
Question 21 of 25
What is your greatest strength? How does it help you as a Union Representative?
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Again same thing as my weakness I like to speak out and make sure we are heard to make sure there are no accidents or regrets.
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I truly like getting to know new people and people different from me, who I may not meet in my immediate world. This enthusiasm and honesty comes across to workers and allows a lot of different kinds of people to trust me. I also have extensive leadership development training, one of my former jobs was facilitating workshops in leadership, so I have an extensive toolbox in this area and can generally crack the hardest nuts and support them in being willing to do assignments and succeed.
Question 22 of 25
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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My weakness is not staying quite I like to speak out even if it is not my problem.
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I don't have weaknesses so I don't improve them.
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My greatest weakness is I still feel anxious or shy whenever I have to have cold conversations. To improve this I do it regularly to normalize it as much as possible. This also lets me develop different skills in navigating the need with the discomfort. Story about Catherine and teaching. I go into a performance mode I know from teaching and depersonalize responses so the shyness and anxiety are just feelings and not barriers to my work.
Question 23 of 25
Why are you the best candidate for us?
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I have worked for that union for 17 yrs and know how much they can do for us as members.
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I believe that I am the best candidate because I have passion, a belief in the process, and eagerness to learn and grow.
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This is a position that for representing adjuncts. I am a former adjunct who has been organizing these members for more than 2 years. I am also respected in the broader national adjunct movement and known as s leader ad longtime activist. I joined the labor movement because of the horrendous working conditions I had as an adjunct professor and I wanted to change higher ed for the sake of faculty, students, and ensuring education has a meaning in our society still. I am deeply and perosnally comiitted to this campaign and understand how it also benefits the labor movement as a while, building union density across the country in a way we haven't seen in decades. I can think about this work strategically, politically, and personally. Which means I will be fulfilled on a daily basis and in it for the long term.
Question 24 of 25
What do you know about our organization?
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I have taken every available course that AUPE has to offer and have learnt much about being a Steward, OH&S, and the beginnings of the how the union got started. I know that we are 80,000 plus members strong, that we represent Health Care and Government of Alberta. We have one president and 6 vice presidents as well as several committees that deal with things like anti=privatization, politics, young advocates and womens rights.
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I've been working her for 2.5 years, so I now quite a bit. I know it is a member led union and that is why I am devoted to my job. I understand my role as developing member leaders and supporting them in having their own agency to create a union chapter that reflects their workplace and their collective values as they met 1021's e-board decisions.
Question 25 of 25
Tell me about a time when you went above and beyond the call of duty.

About Union Representative

August 18th, 2017

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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