Group Discussion Tips – The Art Of Doing Group Discussion

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Group Discussion Tips – The Art Of Doing Group Discussion

The recently launched Group discussion Tips pdf written by my colleague Kaushik Das has been an informative read for me. Being on the other side of the table for a few years now, I really appreciate the content of teh book and its ability to add value to every career aspirant.

Cracking Group Discussions during campus placement or any other selection process is the single most important step to build a career.

Group Discussion being an elimination process, it is a tough task to shine among others through active participation, careful listening and meaningful contribution during the discussion. Any selection process e,g. interview process allows you to retain the control of the discussions with you but in a GD scenario, it is the best among equals who get selected.

How to be best among equals?

How to crack the Group Discussion and get shortlited for the second round of selection in a job interview, campus admission or any other such process of evaluation?

The comprehensive Group Discussion guide, “Your own Group Discussion Hand Book”  offers informative tips and effortlessly answers the frequesntly asked questions about GD.

The easy to read GD Tips booklet written in the Question – Answer (GD FAQs) format loaded with real examples shares some very important tips about:

  • How to a group discussion
  • How to deal with an unknown topic during a GD
  • How to actively participate in a Group Discussion
  • How To summarize a Group discussion
  • How to dress in a  group discussion
  • How To maintain positive body language in  a GD 

among other equally relevant and important topics

Excerpts from the book…

The Art Of group Discussion

Group discussions have now become a sine qua non in various selection processes. Whether it is recruitment in a prestigious firm or admission in an MBA institute, aspiring candidates have to go through the rigors of a ‘Group Discussion’. Now what exactly is a group discussion? Normally in a group discussion a leaderless group of 8- 10 candidates is formed, and is given a specific situation to analyze and discuss within a given time limit. The number of participants and the time limit given for discussion vary from situation to situation. A panel of moderators observes and evaluates them during the course of the discussion. Broadly, the moderators assess the candidates on the following points/ parameters:

  • Command over language
  • Knowledge
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Conceptualizing skills
  • Listening Skills
  • Leadership Skills
  • Positive Body Language
  • Creativity
  • Confidence
  • Assertiveness

In order to succeed at any group discussion, you must be perceived as having contributed meaningfully to the discussion. Also, you must appear to be a team player and not a self-centered go-getter.

The world remembers those who made their presence felt. Same thing is applicable for GDs. One has to make one’s present felt all the time.

 A meaningful contribution implies that you have a through understanding of the topic and related issues; you are able to structure arguments logically and most importantly-you are a good communicator. Be sure to bring in diverse dimensions to the topic so that your contributions leave an indelible mark upon the moderators/observers. To come across as a team player you have to listen to others’ point of view and encourage a healthy exchange of ideas. You must carry people along with you by showing them a proper direction for a meaningful conclusion of the given topic. 

So, don’t get emotional, don’t shout, nor get into spats. If you have noticed that someone else has tried to enter the discussion on a number of occasions and has not had the chance to do so maybe you could give him a chance the next time he tries.

 Your understanding of the topic, which in turn is determined by your reading habits, influences what you speak in the group discussion. If you are well-read on diverse areas then coming up with good content will not be a problem. However, if you are not having the habit of reading newspapers than at least be prepared with ‘current issues in the press’ for the group discussion. You should initiate the group discussion i.e. be the first to speak, only if you have understood the topic clearly. Do not work under the assumption that if you don’t initiate- you lose points. On the contrary if you initiate badly you come under the negative focus of the moderator and suffer consequently.

 One common complaint of many group discussion participants is that they did not get a chance to speak. The fact of the matter is that in no group discussion you will be encouraged by others to speak. If you don’t speak then others will capitalized on that. So, you have to create your own chances for your involvement in the group discussion. Also a widespread misconception is that- the ‘Leader’ gets selected, or the person who has spoken the most will crack the GD. It is absolutely wrong! Even if you speak for two minutes logically, there will be equal chances of cracking the discussion. Sometimes students make mistake of appointing themselves as a ‘de facto’ leader of the group.

 A group discussion is meant to be a free discussion. Let it proceed naturally…”

Click on the below link and download your own copy of the Group Discussion hand book.

Group Discussion Tips – The Art Of Doing Group Discussion

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Sudakshina Bhattacharya

About Sudakshina Bhattacharya: Greetings to everyone from Sudakshina. I am a practicing HR professional for over a decade in various organisations in Telecom, Hospitality, Entertainment and Financial Services industry. I am currently leading the HR team for a reputed Financial Services Company. HR Crest is my special interest and I do hope you like reading what I share. Recently, Asia Pacific HR Congress conferred the "HR Professional Of The Year" award to me.Look forward to your encouragement through views, suggestions and contributions. These posts in HR Crest are my personal views and opinions based on my experiences. View author profile.

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