Main aim of a group discussion is to check candidate’s virtual skills, communication skills, leadership quality. So one should be perfect in all these aspects before appearing for a GD. You should have good command over the others and should take the discussion in a right way. You should be clear with your ideas and should convience others. The body language also plays an important role in GD. You should maintain a proper gesture throughout the session. Be calm and gentle and you can crack any GD.
Group Discussion is quite a challenge. The agenda is to test your skills on many things like team-work capabilities, communication skills, knowledge levels, presentation, etc. There are certain things that you could do stand out:
- You dont have to be a leader always, a good team player is equally valued
- Be assertive, quick and relevant
- Be natural but convincing and appealing
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To perform well in group discussions, you have to first perform poorly.
Are you an extrovert? You have less to worry about.
First thing you need to do is ensure that you can speak in English (which is often the preferred language of communication). Communications skills are important, and the prerequisite for that is the command over a language. No politician can win the hearts of the masses by flapping his tongue with Italian. He has to speak so that everybody can understand. Apply that here. You will need to speak crisply, avoiding the pit of beating about the bush, and avoiding getting too assertive by losing your temper.
IF you happen to be an introvert, my advise to you is to not shut up. Start first, to ensure that you are able to speak. Do not hold back. The person who starts first in a group discussion is often valued, and that will be an additional plus point for you as you hold your ground in the group discussion.
Lastly, you must be convincing enough to give everybody a chance to speak, voice their opinion (this shows your skill as a team leader), and then conclude all the points so that the group finally comes into agreement regarding the topic of discussion.
Group Discussion has always been important whether it is in interviews or company meetings infact from school time and Making a good impression while speaking in meetings or interviews is the basic skill every professional should have.
How good you are at communication with others, your behavior and interaction with group, listening skills, how you put forward your views, your leadership and decision making skills, analysis skill and subject knowledge, Problem solving and critical thinking skill, your attitude and confidence are some of the points which are marked during GD. The below points may help you perform better for GD.
- Do not look at the evaluators only. Keep eye contact with every team member while speaking.
- Initiating the GD is a big plus. But keep in mind – Initiate the group discussion only when you understood the GD topic clearly because speaking without proper subject knowledge is bad impression, simultaneously allow others to speak too.
- Speak politely and clearly. Use simple and understandable words while speaking. Don’t be too aggressive if you are disagreeing with someone.
- Be confident. Do not try to dominate anyone. Keep positive body language. Show interest in discussion.
- Do not speak just to increase your speaking time. Don’t worry even if you speak less. Your thoughts should be sensible and relevant instead of irrelevant speech.
- Speak less and listen more! Pay attention while others are speaking. This will make coherent discussion and you will get involved in the group positively.
- Some basic subject analysis is sufficient. No need to mention exact figures, you have limited time so be precise and convey your thoughts in short and simple language.
- Do not take it casually. No fancy and funny dressing. You should be comfortable while speaking in group. Positive gesture and body language will make your work easy.
Just take care of above things and the rest is on you.. Good luck!
A practical approach to performing well in GDs is as follows:
- Reading newspaper everyday shall solve the purpose of awareness about current affairs, build up good vocabulary and help generate own ideas.
- Taking a minute before speaking shall help you organise your opinions and present them precisely.
- Accepting others’ opinions and your own mistakes, if you go wrong.
- Letting others speak while you wait for your chance.
- Taking the initiative of summarising the whole discussion.
All the very best. 🙂
- Shraddha answered 11 months ago
Read a lot and be prepared!
- Think holistically about your points: When you are given time to think, pen down all important points along with some unconventional points. There is a great chance that your points may be taken by someone else and that’s where you can fall-back on your unconventional points to create an impact. Remember – if your points are meaningful, people will listen to you.
- Keep your entries optimum: A typical GD runs for about 15-20 minutes so speaking for 5-7 times for 30-40 seconds can be considered optimum.
- Abstract topics: In case you are given an abstract topic, think in a creative way, and come up with as many interpretations as possible. Many examiners like to hear different perspectives and innovative ways of thinking.
The following link contains the image for common GD evaluation sheet that the interviewer holds (improve your skills accordingly):-
- Olivia Das answered 11 months ago