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WHAT IS GROUP DISCUSSION? http://www.annauniv.edu/netlish/mainframe.htm Nowadays Group Discussion is being extensively used along with personal interviews for the final selection of candidates. It plays a main role in selecting the best among the best. Having scored high marks, students who get selected for a higher/another course or employment are placed on a par - on equal footing - based on their age, qualification and experience. It becomes necessary to conduct further screening for choosing a few among many. It is here, the Group Discussion plays an important part. It helps in choosing the socially suitable candidate among the academically superior achievers. It is one of the best tools to study the behavioral and attitudinal responses of the participants. Rightly speaking, Group Discussion is more a technique than a conventional test. In fact it is one of the most important and popular techniques being used in a number of personality tests. It is a technique or a method used for screening candidates as well as testing their potential. It is also designed as a situation test wherein a sample of a candidate's group worthiness and potential as a worker comes out quite explicitly Features Of Group Discussion 1.Group Discussion, as the name itself indicates, is a group activity carried out by participating individuals. It is an exchange of ideas among the individuals of a group on a specific topic. 2 It is used as reliable, testing device - mainly as a tool to assess all the candidates in a group at one go -in order to select the best in comparative perspective. 3.Group Discussion is an informal discussion in which participants of the same educational standard discuss a topic of current interest. 4.It is also known as leaderless discussion. It means its aim is to find out the natural leadership level of the candidates. Strictly speaking, no one from the group or outside will be officially designated as leader or president or chairman or anything of the sort. Even the examiner or supervisor who launches the discussion will retire to the background. No one will participate or intervene in the deliberations of the group. NATURE AND SCOPE Answer this question. Why you are now being tested after successfully passing out the written examination and perhaps the interview too?.
You have successfully completed the written examination which tests the knowledge of different subjects as well other capabilities like writing skill, numerical and cognitive ability, test of reasoning , general knowledge etc., Exactly like you, other participants who have come to the final round of selection after thorough screening are of the same qualification. Their age-group, educational qualifications, academic achievements and background experiences are generally quite similar and all of you are of the same level. It is necessary that you should understand the nature of the G D technique as well as its rationale and purpose. It is very important to know what personality traits the examiners would focus on. If you want to attain success in this challenge test, you should analyze its ingredients and grasp its techniques. As all the participants in a Group Discussion are rivals, there is bound to be competition and clash of interests among them. Everyone in the group would be keen to top in the discussion, resulting in a good deal of rivalry and maneuvering for situations of advantage. Thus in the group discussion- in this free for all- you have to manage others and get the cooperation of the group by continuously relating to situations as they keep developing and changing. The dynamics of the group will stimulate each candidate to reveal his/her inherent natural leadership qualities in a spontaneous manner. But only those who remain alert by adapting himself / herself to the changing situations as they emerge, and only those who utilize the opportunities with enterprise, imagination and tact come out successfully. Under these circumstances, the conduct and behavior of each candidate will bring to the surface his or her natural leadership, social, dynamic and organizing abilities in a spontaneous manner. Group Discussion is essentially a verbal-oriented performance and you have to talk your way out. With one's gift of the gab or power of expression. GD also requires the verbal display of the knowledge of the candidate. The more your ideas and the more your knowledge of the subject, the more interested, enthusiastic and confident you would become and the more fluent and forceful would be your speech and contribution to the discussion. WHAT IS TESTED IN-GROUP DISCUSSION? The rationale of the GD technique rests on the principle that leadership qualities with knowledge and power of expression are essential to achieve the results or objectives in all group endeavors. The leadership quality of one can nowhere be more clearly revealed than in a group discussion. For instance, see the difference between GD and other forms of testing. There is a considerable difference between public speaking and GD. In public speaking, the audience merely judges and passes a verdict on the speaker. Nobody in the audience competes with you. They listen to what the speaker says but do not compete with the speaker. They listen to what the speaker says, but do not discuss the subject with equal rights as does the speaker.
The same is the case with an interview. In an interview, a candidate has to deal with the interviewer who asks questions to which the interviewed responds. He will be given ample opportunities as the interviewer is interested in the answers. In a debate or lecture, the candidate is given sometime to think and marshal his ideas and the chairman or the presiding officer will ensure that no one intervenes. The interview focuses on personality traits wherein the interviewers ask well directed questions to assess the overall personality of a candidate. Yet these tests by themselves are insufficient, as they do not test the group worthiness of a candidate, a quality that is an important component for success in all vocations. WHAT ARE THE DESIRABLE ATTITUDES IN GD? The participants should adopt two important attitudes which alone will facilitate a productive and satisfying outcome in any Group Discussion: 1.All participants in the group must accept responsibility for the smooth conduct of the group activities. This orientation means that each member takes on leadership responsibilities even though he is not entrusted any such a role. Instead of passively waiting for someone else to do what has to be done, everyone must actively seek and accept responsibility. In an effective group discussion, there are no absolute followers but different levels and kinds of leaderships and these leaderships keep fluctuating. 2.Another important attitude is open-mindedness -the willingness of the candidate to consider a broad range of ideas and suggestions from others. He must be flexible and must be open to change. Instead of taking rigid stands on issues, the flexible member tries to adapt to the best interests of the group. This requires objectivity- in order to make unbiased, impartial judgments. This does not mean that you completely suppress your subjective and emotional reactions. You try to balance them with objective observations. This requires maintaining a proper perspective, that is, either becoming too involved in problems to maintain objectivity nor remaining too distant and uninvolved to be fully unaware of their nature. Finally the participant with the orientation of equality should not nourish notions of superiority and must realize that the fellow participants are equal to him/her in all aspects. You also get an opportunity of noticing and comparing the verbal ability, depth of knowledge, extent of ideas, logical reasoning and the convincing capacity of others and this should enable you to prepare yourself to match with them. HOW IS THE PERFORMANCE JUDGED? Selection is done based on the impact created by each candidate on the group. Who does get selected? One who expresses his ideas well.
One who has sound arguments, and shows keenness and interest. One who has sufficient knowledge of his subject and convinces the group by his argumentative presentation. One who has a logical and systematic approach. Above all, it is the one who has the tendency to cooperate and who does the coordination and is liked by the group. HOW TO START PARTICIPATING? Group discussion tasks involve many roles for the participants to take up. Choosing any role, each participant can perform multiple functions. Any discussion starts with an initiative made by one. Someone should propose the subject with his/her ideas or procedures. This gets the group started. Since getting started on any task is usually difficult, this is an important role. Inevitably he/ she who does this takes up the presiding or leading role. Further he needs to produce new ideas and perspectives for the continued life of a group. Okay. You missed the opportunity. Someone, a more tactful candidate has taken up the lead role. What is left for you? There are still ways. You can furnish more information by usurping his place. You can politely interfere giving evidence, opinions and relate experiences, personal or others, relevant to the discussion. In fact the quality of the discussion is dependent on the information generated out of the discussion. The more information you provide on the subject, the more prominent your place will become in the group. Okay. You missed this opportunity too. A vociferous participant has stolen the show. All have nothing to do except to listen. The best way is to play the role of an information seeker thereby making your participation important. By way of asking information from others and seeking clarification one can make his participation felt. There are various ways to make your presence important. Instead of just presenting information one can strongly present his own point of view. Usually people will not reveal their opinions out of fear of criticism. But an effective presenter expresses the opinions freely and is prepared to invite argument to his side. By stating one's own beliefs, attitudes and judgments, one can take up a main position in the discussion. But you must ensure that your opinion is on the winning side and there is nothing negative in your opinion because a negative opinion is disliked by others.
Another role left for you is this:If youl cannot make up your position , prevail upon the opinions of others. The effective participant actively seeks other's attitudes and convictions, especially of those members who are hesitant to speak. Unlike others who are content with presenting their own views and neglecting other opinions you will win the favour of other participants by seeking their opinions. There is always room for participation if you elaborate the ideas of others and clarify as well as expand the opinions of others through relevant examples and explanations. This is the best way to attract the attention of the rest. Slow and steady, you can win the race. If you have not yet got an opportunity, take up the role of integrator who classifies the relationships between various facts, opinions and suggestions and integrates the ideas of others thereby assuming the main role of presenter. After a considerable time has been spent on discussion, the need for integrating and summarizing all that transpired so far becomes essential. You can do that by way of orientation, that is, by keeping the group directed toward its goal, by summarizing what has taken place and clarifying the purpose or position of the group. Essentially you insure that the group has a direction and also that it heads in the "right" direction and assumes the role of a leader. There are some more ways in which the participants can take up group maintenance. You should make your presence important by initiating the group's interpersonal relationships. An encouraging speaker is always liked by fellow participants. He praises and agrees with others providing a warm support to others. But one ought to be careful because he who is a contestant should maintain his position keeping his attention on excelling others. Similarly your sense will be appreciated if it does relieve tension. It will be very much appreciated as you create a relaxed atmosphere by reducing formality and interjecting humor. When tension increases, people become emotionally involved which will not be conducive for smooth discussion. At times the role of pacifying others and providing relief will achieve leadership position. Equally important is the role of one who controls the channel of communication providing proper balance in the amount of participation of each member. You can also gain the leading position by encouraging those who might otherwise not speak while tackling those who tend to dominate over others or monopolize the discussion. What Are To Be Avoided? There are certain attitudes which act negatively and they spoil the chances of selection. Constantly objecting others and speaking pessimistically will block the smooth flow of discussion. A totally negative attitude prevents progress and people who are always complaining and always dissatisfied will not be found suitable. Equally unsuitable are those who insult and criticize others betraying jealousy or animosity. The aggressive attitude is usually disapproved. Another avoidable attitude is telling irrelevant stories and personal experiences. Motivated by a need for attention, some participants interject comments that call attention to their achievements and successes. They are boastful while trying to appear not tobe so.
Keeping within the scope of the given subject one must contribute towards rising the intellectual level of the discussion. expressing compliments and gratitude on what others say-all create an attraction towards oneself. heated arguments. It should reflect the humility of a very knowledgeable person. there are opportunities for the individuals who reveal leadership qualities to become group leaders. One must think of sound arguments in support of one's point of view and a logical presentation of them. thereby displaying the extent of knowledge is a successful technique.Since the test is conducted without a leader. The delivery should be smooth and catching. The winner has to reveal his positive personality traits and leadership abilities to gain approval for his ideas. attitude of cooperation and sharing experiences with others. Synthesizing different points of view and answering them in such a way as supportive of one's case is talent which must be cultivated. One's efforts at preventing the proceedings from going astray. encouraging nonparticipants to enter the discussion and tactful handling of conflicting opinions with a view to . There will be interruptions and they should be borne with patience and a winning smile . One can certainly disagree giving sound and valid reasons for disagreement but one's behaviour should not be disagreeable. During the progress of any group discussion. While talking there must be sense. If one does not speak eloquently and fluently. One must arouse other's interest by the power of expression. Seizing the opportunity. But there must be conflicting opinions which alone will help to look at a problem from various angles and come up with alternatives.It is the ability to hold the attention of group members which matters. But one ought to be careful without becoming irrelevant or boastful. there will be conflicting views and as a result.What is the secret of scoring sure success in a group discussion? The examiners usually look for a very positive personality with varied potential. Considering an issue or a problem in a broader angle putting the immediate concerns in broader issues. Rapport building starts from the very first step. Avoiding any repetition of ideas or arguments is important. they should be resolved by active participation and a positive attitude. Maintaining mutual respect will avoid critical judgment of others. Conveying all information in well-balanced sentences in a manner that reflects a good grasp of the subject will indicate sharp and analytical mind. which eventually brings success. Use of available information including those of others is important. The ability to speak is the foremost of all. How To Excel Others In A Group? A good support always results in a good relationship with others. the aspirant should impress and influence the group. How Can A Topic Be Analyzed? While speaking on given topic it is necessary to analyze the topic considering its salient aspects and finding out a well reasoned solution. one cannot create any impact and make his presence strongly felt. One's pleasantries. Important of all is the tone. It is necessary to consider the pros and cons of the given problem. As such when conflicting viewpoints arise.
As was shown by No3. Socially he is well adjusted and has the resourcefulness to cope with difficult individuals and situations. He is specially commended and selected with top rating. He spoke to the point and made a strong impact on the group. His approach has throughout been positive and constructive He is also able to get along well and harmoniously with all. He has good material and selected with high grading. He has found an acceptable and workable solution by displaying excellent resourcefulness. No3 is an intelligent.No4 wants the discussion to proceed as decided earlier. enterprise and imagination. Ending: A brilliant and outstanding exposition presented by No1 in admirable and extremely convincing manner. Thus he has given greater importance to group needs than for his own selfish requirements. keenness to shoulder responsibility and capacity to compromise successfully with crisis and obstacles enable him to establish himself as the natural leader. now reveals intellectual maturity. Another important reason of success is being attentive to others' point of views and analysing them in a logical manner even for disagreeing. No 4 has readily and cheerfully accepted the responsibility and made good use of the opportunity given to him. drive. In this group he is the outstanding coordinator and leader. who had displayed consistently remarkable leadership qualities and coordinating ability earlier. We saw that he took a prominent part during the early stages and made useful contribution. ideas and example. He has consistently been displaying initiative. REASONS FOR SELECTION : A FEW COMMENTS No1 (Comments at two stages of one's participation) Beginning: No1 has displayed excellent leadership ability and handled an explosive situation with tact and understanding.the group is eager to hear him further. revealing organization and method. enterprising and takes reasonable risks. But as a disciplined organiser and planner. Selected with high rank rating. This candidate. He is decisive. He also won 7 by persuasion and by personal example. imaginative and dynamic leader. balanced judgement and excellent power of persuasion. He is more team oriented and keen to promote group activity. He can judge and assess others correctly and wins over everyone with tact and understanding. His approach is objective and balanced. . he is an outstanding candidate with high level of leadership qualities. Now he has known excellent grasp of the subject and explained facts of a sensitive nature in an easy and effortless manner.He hs gone about his task with a purpose. plan and system. He avoided an open split and confrontation by voluntarily surrendering the privilege of being got elected as chairman by majority vote. His approach is positive and contribution constructive.bringing about consensus will win the admiration of other members of the group. His enterprising attitude. He is selected with top grading No3 has grasped the subject very well and explained its scope very lucidly. To sum up. He has displayed high degree of leadership throughout. He has created a very strong and favorable impact on the group with his conduct.
behaving like a bull in china shop. He finds excuses to avoid and shirk responsibility.REJECTED No. He is a dull and insipid candidate who lacks self-confidence and leadership potential. system and order. He offers excuses and prefers to be the last speaker. he will not be able to come up as a leader. He has extensive knowledge. His . Reasons For Rejection The keenness and eagerness of No3. organisational. distant and aloof and has not made any contribution to group activity. urge and drive and shouldered full responsibility to launch the group on its objective. jumping from one topic to another in fits and starts. drive or originality. He wastes opportunities and shies away from responsibility. He is gifted in all spheres-intellectual. His brazen attempt to buldoze others will provoke them and result in quarrels and clashes. He talks at random. in turn. authoritarian and annoying to others. REJECTED No2 does not know much about the subject He has the gift of the gab and hence waffles aimlessly. He also wastes the good opportunity offered to him. A leader or manager must carry his teammates with them and not antagonize them.1 wastes the opportunity offered to him on a platter. which is successful completion of the discussion within the time allotted. No3.He will cause friction and quarrels in the team. he straightway shirks responsibility. his confidence to face the group and his initiative are no doubt his plus points. On his own also he did not display and initiative and drive. He pleads ignorance and confirms that he lacks ideas. He is rigid and fails to adapt himself to the situation. But his approach is selfish.his readiness to shoulder responsibility. will hinder group activity and realisation of the common goal objective. On the other hand. he can at least ask a knowledgeable colleague in the group to explain the nature and scope of the topic first. unfortunately. Selected and accorded top rating. He is too assertive and very dominating. These. dynamic and social. intelligence and imagination. He waffles unnecessarily instead of going directly to the point. appears to be lacking in this very important aspect. He has good expressive faculty but his ideas are confused and overlapping.He admits his limitations but does not show any interest or determination to overcome them. He is bold and faces the challenge with courage and determination. An extremely dull and insipid individual who will prove to be a great burden to the organization. He is dull and devoid of ideas. There is no logic or rationale in what he said he lacks organisation. urge. REJECTED Sulks and refuses to cooperate. REJECTED No5 had remained aloof and silent throughout. REJECTED No8 This candidate is a mere camp follower without any initiative. He has pressed his case from a new angle and succeeded fully in carrying the audience with him. Being weak and docile and unenterprising. This is a general knowledge topic and anyone familiar with current events should be able to make some interesting contribution to the discussion. If he does not know. Earlier we saw him acting rigidly and selfishly . He has throughout been disinterested.No 7 displayed initiative.
7 and 5 display natural leadership qualities and prove successful in launching the group on its task.7. both lacked tact and social cohesiveness.5 and 4 came forward to lend good support to No. Unfortunately.5 and 4 in that order. On the other hand No.5 who gave excellent support to No. This candidate has understood the subject and has the self-confidence to the challenge No. Nos.motivated group in which Nos. With such marked negative qualities he cannot make the grade as a strong leader. 6and 8 have so far remained as silent spectators.1 and also showed adequate leadership traits themselves No. Without admitting his limitations No. on his own No. But they bitterly quarreled between themselves as to who should be the leader. it cannot be executed without someone assuming the responsibilities of a leader and coordinator. . He quarreled with No. No. They were also rigid and selfish. This GD being a team work.6. Nos.1. No3has acted in light vein which indicates certain amount of irresponsibility Nevertheless he offers to be the opening speaker. No. With this marked negative qualities. It is doubtful whether he could improve by training REJECTED This candidate lacks initiative and originality.4.1 tries to evade the issues or pass the buck on the others. speed and tact. But he still continues his collision path.1 emerged as the natural and highly gifted leader.2 will be a serious hindrance to the team.3and 7 with competence and else displaying appropriate techniques.2 and 3.6. He has wasted the opportunity afforded to him. Nos1. Thus. He was able to motivate his team mates and move the group towards its goal with remarkable success. He is afraid to take any firm decision and commit himself. Now he repeats the same behaviour pattern. did not come toward to shoulder this responsibility on there own initiative. He prefers to attack those who disagree with him in a brutal and direct manner.1 appears to be lacking in ideas and he is unable to half No. He could handle Nos . REJECTED A fairly active and well. he has to be watched further.8 and 2 were ineffective camp followers and did not make any contribution to promote group activity.2 actively. His ideas are limited he has nothing useful to contribute. Because of his personal quarrel with No.ego and pride prevent him from extending cooperation and establishing rapport. We find No2 to be hesitant. They overcome the obstacles which they encounter with imagination. though spoke among themselves. In this group Nos. also displays good leadership qualities. No.5 and produce quite a few original and convincing arguments to support his stand. the only successful candidates of this group are Nos. On the other hand. he refuses to the half of the group.2violently earlier. Hence. diffident and overcautious.3 and 7 initially wanted to assume leadership and made their debuts. REJECTED.7 displayed natural leadership abilities and assumed the responsibility to launch the group on its task. Team spirit and cooperation on the part of both were sadly lacking and they were obstructing the progress of group activity.
how well do you listen to viewpoints of others and how openminded are you in accepting views contrary to your own. Freshersworld.com/interview/Group_Discussion. is to get to know you as a person and gauge how well you will fit in their institute. conformation to norms. the group of candidates is given a topic or a situation.freshersworld. decision-making ability and cooperation. Company's Perspective:Companies conduct group discussion after the written test so as to check on your interactive skills and how good you are at communicating with other people. and then asked to discuss the it among themselves for 15-20 minutes. as a member or as a leader.htm A GD is a methodology used by an organization to gauge whether the candidate has certain personality traits and/or skills that it desires in its members. You should try to be as true as possible to these aspects. non-verbal behavior. The GD is to check how you behave. after testing your technical and conceptual skills in an exam. you will always be working in teams. In this methodology. Some of the personality traits the GD is trying to gauge may include :y y y y y y y y y Ability to work in a team Communication skills Reasoning ability Leadership skills Initiative Assertiveness Flexibility Creativity Ability to think on ones feet Why GDs:The reason why institutes put you through a Group discussion and an interview. participate and contribute in a group. That is the reason why management institutes include GD as a component of the selection procedure. The aspects which make up a GD are verbal communication.GD http://www. Therefore how you interact in a team becomes an important criterion for your selection. given a few minutes to think about the same.com brings you an elaborate section for GD as you had ever seen anywhere else. how much importance do you give to the group objective as well as your own. As a manager. Managers have to work in a team and get best results out of teamwork. The Group discussion tests how you function as a part of a team. .
which an ordinary person is aware of in his day-to-day life. Tourism in India. Reservations should be removed. i. In GDs where these topics are given for discussion. but their possibility cannot be ruled out. Twinkle twinkle little star. The number 10 Case-based Gd:Another variation is the use of a case instead of a topic.g. A factual topic for discussion gives a candidate a chance to prove that he is aware of and sensitive to his environment. Factual Topics 2. The idea behind giving a topic like this is to see how much maturity the candidate is displaying by keeping his temper in check. they may have been in the news lately. or could be unbound by time. The case study tries to simulate a real-life situation. These can be current.e. Women make better managers Abstract Topics:Abstract topics are about intangible things. They are meant to generate controversy. These topics are not given often for discussion. Abstract Topics Factual Topics:Factual topics are about practical things. Topic based Gds can be classified into three types :1. In the case study there . These topics test your lateral thinking and creativity. the noise level is usually high.g. Controversial Topics 3.g. E. A is an alphabet. Controversial Topics:Controversial topics are the ones that are argumentative in nature. The education policy of India. there may be tempers flying. State of the aged in the nation. Typically these are about socio-economic topics. E.Types of GD GDs can be topic-based or case-based. E. Information about the situation will be given to you and you would be asked as a group to resolve the situation. by rationally and logically arguing his point of view without getting personal and emotional.
It improves your listening skills. Ask for information or ask for help. It gives you the chance to hear other students' ideas. Ask for their opinions. try the following strategies.are no incorrect answers or perfect solutions. IIM A. It improves your ability to think critically. Why do we have GD ? Reasons for having a GD y y y y y y y y It helps you to understand a subject more deeply. The objective in the case study is to get you to think about the situation from various angles. It helps the group to make a particular decision. It helps in solving a particular problem. Strategies for Improving GD Skills for Tutorials & Seminars Asking questions and joining in discussions are important skills for university study. Ask them about the course material. . IIM Indore and IIT SOM Mumbai have a case-based discussion rather than topic-based discussion in their selection procedures. Ask yourself: y y y y y How do other students make critical comments? How do they ask questions? How do they disagree with or support arguments? What special phrases do they use to show politeness even when they are voicing disagreement? How do they signal to interrupt. Start with asking questions of fellow students. It increases your confidence in speaking. Observe Attend as many seminars and tutorials as possible and notice what other students do. It can change your attitudes. If you find it difficult to speak or ask questions in tutorials. ask a question or make a point? Practice Start practicing your discussion skills in an informal setting or with a small group.
You can demonstrate leadership by: y y y y y introducing yourself and the members of the group stating the purpose of the discussion inviting quiet group members to speak being objective summarizing the discussion . Be aware of your body language when you are speaking. Interrupt. Start by making small contributions to tutorial discussions. Remember that a discussion is not an argument.Participate Take every opportunity to take part in social/informal discussions as well as more structured/formal discussion. Draw too much on personal experience or anecdote. How best can you answer the question/ contribute to the topic? Try to stick to the discussion topic. Dominate the discussion. Don't introduce irrelevant information. Respect the contribution of every speaker. or agree with another speaker's remarks. or lead a discussion after an oral presentation. Although some tutors encourage students to reflect on their own experience. Use too many gestures when you speak. remember not to generalise too much. Confident speakers should allow quieter students a chance to contribute. Leading a Discussion You may be in a seminar group that requires you to lead a group discussion. Think about your contribution before you speak. Shout. A discussion is not an argument. Learn to disagree politely. Use a moderate tone and medium pitch. prepare a question to ask. Wait for a speaker to finish what they are saying before you speak. Discussion Etiquette (or minding your manners) Do y y y y y y y Don't y y y y y y Lose your temper. Speak pleasantly and politely to the group. Agree with and acknowledge what you find interesting. Gestures like finger pointing and table thumping can appear aggressive.
You should speak as much as necessary. Your knowledge on a given subject. In a group discussion. There are at least four leadership skills you can use to influence other people positively and help your group achieve its purpose. no one dominates the discussion by taking too much time) thanking group members for their contribution being objective in summarizing the group's discussion and achievements.e. Your behavior in the group is also put to test to judge whether you are a loner or can work in a group. (i. How to Face GD A group discussion consists of: y y y y y y Communication Skills Knowledge and ideas regarding a given subject Capability to co-ordinate and lead Exchange of thoughts Addressing the group as a whole Thorough preparations Communication Skills The first aspect is one's power of expression. making sure all members have approximately the same time. Irrelevant talks lead you nowhere. As a rule evaluators do not look for the wordage produced. a candidate has to talk effectively so that he is able to convince others. It is necessary that you should be precise and clear. A candidate who is successful in holding the attention of the audience creates a positive impact. They look for your ability to react on what other participants say. neither more nor less. For convincing. your precision and clarity of thought are the things that are evaluated. Hence.Chairing a Group Discussion When chairing a discussion group you must communicate in a positive way to assist the speakers in accomplishing their objective. Group discussions are not debating stages. Ability to listen is also what evaluators judge. . it is necessary that you listen carefully to others and then react or proceed to add some more points. one has to speak forcefully and at the same time create an impact by his knowledge of the subject. These skills include: y y y y introducing the topic and purpose of the discussion.
The number of participants in a group can vary between 8 and 15. A note is made of your contributions to the discussion. comprehension of the main idea. . business communication skills. assertion. Mostly people attend these courses to improve their communication skills. the rapport you strike. In case you are not good at it. patience. Knowledge comes from consistent reading on various topics ranging from science and technology to politics. The examiner withdraws and becomes a silent spectator once the discussion starts. Mostly a topic or a situation is given to group members who have to discuss it within 10 to 20 minutes. amenability. forcefulness and other leadership qualities to motivate and influence other candidates who may be almost equally competent. For instance. leadership skills. accommodation. monitor and facilitate the classes. Leadership and Coordinating Capabilities The basic aim of a group discussion is to judge a candidate's leadership qualities. Confidence and level headedness in doing so is necessary. etc. Indepth knowledge makes one confident and enthusiastic and this in turn. A candidate should display tactfulness. Exchange of Thoughts A group discussion is an exchange of thoughts and ideas among members of a group. These skills may be team membership. Knowledge and Ideas Regarding a Given Subject Knowledge of the subject under discussion and clarity of ideas are important. makes one sound convincing and confident. The purpose is to get an idea about candidates in a short time and make assessments about their skills. negotiation skills and presentation skills. These discussions are held for selecting personnel in organisations where there is a high level of competition. . Students here are involved in activities which use communication skills and teachers provide inputs. The course at the Centre makes you confident enough to speak before people without any nervousness. business writing. These add value to your presentation. which normally cannot be evaluated in an interview. Body language and eye contact too are important points which are to be considered. you might gain by joining an institute that offers specialized courses in public speaking.You should be able to convey your thoughts satisfactorily and convincingly before a group of people. enterprise. understanding and knowledge on varied topics. British Council Division's English Language Teaching Centre offers a wide range of courses like conversation skills. skill. listening and articulation skills.
Do not exaggerate. as for the interview. plain and simple language. Your group behaviour and communication skills are on test. (mixture of Hindi and English) should be discarded. just use formal. Do not be superfluous. pedantic language. how you convince the others and how clearly you are able to express your points of view. without waiting till the eleventh hour. are out. If he can hear you everyone else too can. Needless to add. should allow others to speak.Addressing the Group as a Whole In a group discussion it is not necessary to address anyone by name. For this you should have a good general knowledge. if and when called for them. not sound boring. giving the impression that you are open to accommodate others' viewpoints. Avoiding both. the competition is very tough. Additional marks may be given for starting or concluding the discussion. words and phrases like "yar". etc.75 lakh civil service aspirants each year. It better to address the group as a whole. students have to read a case study and suggest ways of tackling the problem. It is important to concentrate on subject knowledge and general awareness. For instance. Address the person farthest from you. need to be abreast with current affairs. "I dunno". This is not to say you should use a high sounding. the prime need for thorough preparation. Thorough Preparation Start making preparations for interview and group discussions right away. Hinglish. generate ideas. . See that you do not keep repeating a point. Even otherwise you may not know everyone's names. not the language used in normal conversations. Confidence and coolness while presenting your viewpoint are of help. "chalta hai". should regularly read newspapers and magazines. Remember. Or in a case study GD. The language used should also be formal. The reason obviously lies in your not being wellprepared. Try to be specific.e. and adopt a stand on a given subject. Hence. In a group discussion you may be given a topic and asked to express your views on it. Only 460 candidates make it to the final list from 2. Then the time left may not be adequate. "CP". this is. Do not use more words than necessary. You should be articulate. During the course of the GD this stand can even be changed. It may so happen that you are called for interviews and group discussions from three or four organizations but are not selected by any. attend the group discussion in formal dress. i.
it is better not to initiate. Non-verbal gestures. Lack of knowledge or wrong approach creates a bad impression. Maintain rapport with fellow participants. Address the entire group in such a way that everyone feels you are speaking to him or her. A candidate with good reading habits has more chances of success. Instead. direct and straight forward. science and technology is helpful. economy. Don't interrupt a speaker when the session is on. If you are not sure about the topic of discussion. Participants should confine themselves to expressing their viewpoints. finance. Language use should be simple. not by cutting others short. may be you would be able to come up with a point or two later. but there could be instances when this does not happen. Clarity in speech and expression is yet another essential quality. A GD is not a debating stage. Listen attentively to others. y y y y y y y y y GD FAQ S What is the normal duration of a GD? A GD is generally of 15-20 minutes duration. you might adopt the wait and watch attitude. Try to score by increasing your size. Eye contact plays a major role. The GD is between you and the . Is there time given for preparation after the topic is given and before starting the GD? Usually some time (2-5 minutes) is given to collect one's thoughts. How many panel members are there to evaluate? There are usually 3-4 panel members to evaluate. In the second part of the discussion candidates can exercise their choice in agreeing. Should I address the panel or the group members? Don't ever make the mistake of addressing the panel members. so it is best not to bank on this. In other words. sound knowledge on different topics like politics. While speaking don't keep looking at a single member. disagreeing or remaining neutral.Points to Remember y Knowledge is strength. such as listening intently or nodding while appreciating someone's viewpoint speak of you positively. Power to convince effectively is another quality that makes you stand out among others. A GD is a formal occasion where slang is to avoided. Communicate with each and every candidate present.
. What is the seating arrangement like? It could be semi-circular. Is there any particular seating arrangement. you may encourage him/her to continue with her point as you would like to hear her out. How should I address the other group members? If you are initiating the discussion. It is best not to bother about trivial issues like this. The quality and not the quantity of your contribution is the success factor. one position is as good as another. Are we allowed to carry a piece of paper during the GD for noting down important points? Normally you are. the participants should not resort to the strategy of distributing time amongst themselves. You must avoid even looking at the panel members while the GD is in progress. Subsequently. which is favourable to the participants? If participants are asked to sit in a circle or a semi circle. But if you are asked to sit on either side of a rectangular table. not the panel members. Should we begin the GD by appointing a leader amongst ourselves? No. which you have no control over. Suppose I have a lot to say on the topic. then choose a position as close to the centre as possible. should I say all of it? You would not be looked upon favourably if you kept speaking all the time and did not listen to anyone else. If someone has been trying to speak and has a good point but is cut off constantly. Contrary to the misconception.other members. but there may be instances when it is specifically forbidden to carry paper. or seating along side a rectangular table. you could do so by collectively addressing the group as "Friends". Are the group members supposed to keep track of the time or will the panel keep track? It would be good if you are conscious of the time. Should we distribute the total time available to all the participants to ensure that everybody gets a chance to speak? Since a GD is not a debate or elocution. the person who talks the most is not necessarily the one who is judged the best. Just ignore their existence. you could use names (if the group has had a round of self-introduction prior to starting the discussion and you remember the names) or simply use pronouns like "he" or "she". but not to the point of getting so distracted looking at your watch that you do not contribute to the discussion. or circular. depending upon the venue. Should I encourage others to speak up? Do not directly put someone who is consistently silent on the spot by asking him/her to speak up. You should not. Leadership in a GD is established implicitly through one's performance in a GD.
Are we expected to stick to the normally accepted line of thought or can we come up with something radical? By all means you can. and you should make sure you are all on a level playing field. This does not mean you should sit on the fence. You have to be calm and logical. If this happens. which is clear to me. If we do not understand the meaning of the topic. switch over to another stand? Yes. you should try and avoid names or numbers. It may also go against you (as appearing weak on your part). it is safer not to make any rash statements for or against a topic before you learn the facts of the argument. Blindly taking a stand will definitely lead you to trouble. It would demonstrate your creativity and originality. What is the right time to enter a GD to ensure that I am heard properly? In any GD. not emotional in a GD. Can I use technical terms or jargon. it is better to wait for some other participant to explain the meaning of the topic.Can we take a definite stand in the GD and then later on during the GD. It is better to use pronouns such as "he". but not to the group? If you have to use technical terms. should I voice my feelings? It is important to be cool and emotionally objective in a GD. please do not use abbreviations. "she". Just make sure it is relevant to the topic. then it is best if you accept his argument and explain to the group how your previous argument was true within a narrow range. So listen to the discussion carefully for the first few minutes and when you have figured out what the topic is about. You may participate actively by pointing out both sides of the issue in a reasonable and logical manner. In a GD it is quite likely that some other participant's counter-argument convinces you to your point. The crest is when the noise level . You cannot. "you" etc. If I feel strongly about an issue. Naturally. After mentioning the term in full take time out to explain to the group what it means. Instead of displaying your ignorance in this manner. Do I begin my participation by requesting the group's permission to do so? It is not likely that you will get a chance to ask for such permission. start participating in the discussion. while referring to the members of the group. there are crests and troughs during the discussion. Should we address the other participants by their names or their assigned numbers? As far as possible. should we ask the moderator to explain it to us? No. and how the new argument is applicable to a broader range. If you react emotionally you are likely to lose control over yourself during the group discussion. provided you do it the right way. It is quite likely that other participants of the group have a different academic background from you.
you may automatically become the group leader. Insensitivity to others displays a lack of maturity and viciousness. If you do this well. But in a competitive situation. In a GD that is fairly relaxed. Do I have to be cautious about other participants' feelings (on sensitive issues like religion. How do I participate when the noise level is too high? You could try the following strategy . where the participants are tensed up. which is relevant and sets the tone for the GD. If you can make a good opening statement. But in competitive GDs. rather than be inhibited by lack of good English. You will get credit for soundness of ideas. However if you bungle it up (by speaking for the sake of speaking. then even if your English might not be great. caste etc)? You certainly do. not really having anything pertinent to say). you should enter the GD during the trough period. The moment the noise level reduces a little. How necessary is it to use examples for illustrating an idea? Use of examples is helpful in elaborating your point. How critical is my fluency in English to my performance? Command over English is certainly advantageous but will not compensate for lack of good content. where ideas dear to you are being discussed and enter the GD irrespective of the noise level. it will go in your favour. and note down the points that he/she is making. Is it good to be humorous in a GD? Depends on the situation. Is it beneficial to be the first speaker in a group discussion? Being the first speaker is a high risk. high return strategy.Identify the most powerful speaker in the group. Ideally. You will have made a strong ally who will carry you through the noise. it will be remembered and will go against your favour. you could identify the stages in the GD. In such cases. But please remember to keep it short and simple because in a competitive GD nobody has the patience to listen to long. and helping others understand your idea better. it may be acceptable. How much or for how long should I participate? In a 20 minute GD with 10-12 participants. It will act against your favour. your attempts at humour may fall flat. You could participate more depending on your comfort level and the need for participation. . the crests occur more often and troughs may not occur at all. The trough is when there is almost total silence.is at its peak. drawn out examples. you must speak it out. you should try and participate at least 4 times with each entry lasting at least 25-30 seconds. If your content is good. enter supporting the powerful speaker.
To avoid getting into a situation where someone else has already spoken your points. it is almost inevitable that someone would have spoken your points. If you wait longer. You should always aim to sound assertive and not stubborn. . What do I do if someone else has already said what I wanted to say? You have two choices: 1. How is aggression taken and measured in a GD? The moment you notice people reacting to you negatively or strongly. Will I be quizzed about my (or others) participation in the GD? You may be. What level of aggression is seen acceptable? There is a very thin line between aggression and assertiveness.Should we make an interim summary? An interim summary is a way of directing the group mid-way through the GD. Drop the point and think of fresh points. In most premier institutes it is used as a selection tool. Is it true that the person who speaks the most in a GD is the one who is most successful? This is a myth. The degree of the reaction is the measure of your aggression. Is it true that the GD is used more as an elimination technique rather than as a selection tool? Depends on the institute. if the discussion is already well focused. It helps the group to pick out and focus on the most important points and thus use the remaining time more effectively. not as an elimination technique. Therefore it helps to be alert all through the GD. 2. Is the use of slang/colloquialism permitted? It is best to avoid using slang. Agree with the point made by that person and add on to it by displaying the applicability of the argument to different situations. This leads the students into believing that whoever speaks most is successful. However it is not necessary to make an interim summary. By doing this you will have broadened the scope of the argument. you may take it that you are being too aggressive. Can I use a language other than English to drive home my point? No. You will have to stick to English. Generally the person who has a sound knowledge of the topic and is a clear thinker speaks more. But just speaking for the sake of speaking will not take you far. do speak up in the first 4-5 minutes of the GD.
It is therefore better to use other means of motivation. But being a human being. there isn't much point losing sleep over it. If you openly request someone to speak. Normally the time constraints do not allow the group to do so. Does the moderator have any biases or preconceived notions about the topic? Ideally the moderator is supposed to be unbiased and neutral. Can I be aggressive with a lady participant? A GD is not the place to demonstrate chivalry. adding on to their points. Being rude to any participant (male or female) is downright unacceptable. A GD is not a debate. Since this is not a factor within your control. the moderator cannot be totally free from bias. Is it all right to ask pointed questions to other participants during a GD? It is alright to ask questions for the purpose of clarification but not for the purpose of playing the devil's advocate and proving them wrong. By playing the devil's advocate you hamper the flow of the GD. such as agreeing with a halting speaker. . If the group has not reached a conclusion. Is voting an acceptable method of reaching a consensus? Certainly not. but it is not universal. a summary may be avoided. implicitly supporting and giving them direction. Can we expect the moderator to stop or cut short the GD much before the stipulated time is over? This may happen if the GD becomes too noisy and if the level of discussion deteriorates abysmally. You need not extend any special privileges to a lady. Is motivating other people in the group to speak looked upon favourably? Depends on how it is done. This would reflect badly on you and will go against your favour. The pointed questions unsettle the other participant and the quality of the GD deteriorates. then it would be good if someone puts the whole discussion into perspective by summarizing. But if there isn't sufficient time.What is the level of accuracy desired in the facts and figures you quote during the GD? An error margin of 5% is acceptable. Is it necessary that a group should arrive at a conclusion in the stipulated time? Ideally a group is supposed to reach a conclusion. Is an end-summary absolutely essential? No. you may be putting the other person in a difficult spot. Do we have to write a synopsis of the GD once it is over? Some institutes insist on this. and the evaluators will not look that upon favourably.
Point out to him that his point is well taken and that the group must progress further by discussing the ideas presented by others. Initiation Techniques 2. If you can make a favourable first impression with your content and communication skills after you initiate a GD. What do I do if one member is very stubborn and aggressive? You could use any of the following methods. When you initiate a GD. Summarization/ Conclusion Initiation Techniques y Initiating a GD is a high profit-high loss strategy. y y y Ignore him and address the other members of the group. it gives the impression . and I would like to add on to it " "Yes. What are the acceptable ways of interrupting somebody else. Body of the group discussion 3. the damage might be irreparable. But if you initiate a GD and stammer/ stutter/ quote wrong facts and figures. Topics are usually general in nature to give a level playing field to everyone. it will help you sail through the discussion. I agree with your idea. If you initiate a GD impeccably but don't speak much after that.. you also grab the attention of the examiner and your fellow candidates.. so that I may make my point? You can interrupt in any of the following ways: y y y "Excuse me. but could you clarify what if " GD Tips 1. you not only grab the opportunity to speak. Be assertive and tell him that his argument is faulty. but I feel that what you are saying isn't universally true .How should a group select a topic if asked to? The group should brainstorm for about two minutes and narrow down the list of topics to 3-4. Are the topics decided on the basis of the academic background of the participant? No." "Yes. I think you are right when you say that. This could be done by asking each participant to rank the 4 topics and the most popular choice should be taken. After this the group should prioritize them based on the comfort level and ease of discussion of the topics.
If the topic of a GD is: Should the Censor Board be abolished?.from the chairman on down. you are responsible for putting it into the right perspective or framework. Quotes Quotes are an effective way of initiating a GD. Definition iii. iii. you could start with a quote like. And he can fire everybody in the company -. you could quote Sam (Wall-mart) Walton's famous saying. Facts. Question Asking a question is an impact way of starting a GD. Short story vii.' ii.that you started the GD for the sake of starting it or getting those initial kitty of points earmarked for an initiator! When you start a GD. General statement i. . Question iv. 'Hidden apples are always sweet'. why not start the GD by defining advertising as. simply by spending his money somewhere else. figures and statistics vi. Customer is King. For example. 'Any paid form of non-personal presentation and promotion of ideas. Definition Start a GD by defining the topic or an important term in the topic. Shock statement v. television or radio by an identified sponsor'? For a topic like The Malthusian Economic Prophecy is no longer relevant. goods or services through mass media like newspapers. Body of the group discussion y Different techniques to initiate a GD and make a good first impression: i. So initiate one only if you have in-depth knowledge about the topic at hand. Quotes ii. you could start by explaining the definition of the Malthusian Economic Prophecy. magazines. 'There is only one boss: the customer. if the topic of the GD is Advertising is a Diplomatic Way of Telling a Lie. For a GD topic like.
make sure to quote them accurately. Stating wrong facts works to your disadvantage. 'What does war bring to the people of a nation? We have had four clashes with Pakistan." .000 a day. figures and statistics If you decide to initiate your GD with facts. you could start by asking. For a topic like. you could start with. 'At the centre of the Indian capital stands a population clock that ticks away relentlessly. Facts. 'In 1983. As a current political slogan puts it. It implies asking a question. Which calculates to about 12 million every year. China actually utilized $60 billion of FID in 2004. 48. approximately 70 per cent of the Indian population stays in rural areas (macro figures.' v. Questions that promote a flow of ideas are always appreciated. figure and statistics. But you cannot say 30 states of India instead of 28 (micro figures. you can say.It does not signify asking a question to any of the candidates in a GD so as to hamper the flow. 2. approximation allowed). when China was still in its initial stages of reform and opening up. China's real use of Foreign Direct Investment only stood at $636 million. It tracks 33 births a minute. Should India go to war with Pakistan.000 an hour. Approximation is allowed in macro level figures. The Impact of Population on the Indian Economy. For a GD topic like. a Rising Tiger. China. Shock statement Initiating a GD with a shocking statement is the best way to grab immediate attention and put forth your point. 'Nothing's impossible when 1 billion Indians work together'. If a GD topic is. Any question that might hamper the flow of a GD or insult a participant or play devil's advocate must be discouraged. no approximations). For example. which is almost 100 times that of its 1983 statistics. you could start with. but micro level figures need to be correct and accurate. The pertinent question is: what have we achieved?' iv. That is roughly the size of Australia. and answering it yourself.
whether a blue-colored balloon will go as high in the sky as a greencolored balloon. . who was selling helium gas-filled balloons. 'A child once asked a balloon vendor.' Summarization/ Conclusion y y Most GD do not really have conclusions. Sonia Gandhi should not be'. 5.' vii. A conclusion is where the whole group decides in favor or against the topic. it is not the color of the balloon but what is inside it that makes it go high. let's first find out the qualities one needs to be a a good prime minister of India. General statement Use a general statement to put the GD in proper perspective. You can summaries what the group has discussed in the GD in a nutshell. Should Sonia Gandhi be the prime minister of India?. If the examiner asks you to summaries a GD. 'Before jumping to conclusions like. Attitude is Everything. Short story Use a short story in a GD topic like. Keep it brief and concise. Avoid dwelling only on one aspect of the GD. But every GD is summarized. Sonia Gandhi should be'. The balloon vendor told the child. This can be initiated with. if the topic is. or 'No. Avoid stating only your viewpoint. It must incorporate all the important points that came out during the GD. Keep the following points in mind while summarizing a discussion: 1. 3. Then we can compare these qualities with those that Mrs. you could start by saying.vi. 4. Gandhi possesses. 7. 'Yes. it means the GD has come to an end. For example. This will help us reach the conclusion in a more objective and effective manner. Avoid raising new points. 2. 6. Do not add anything once the GD has been summarized.
If you have a group of like-minded friends. Don't lose your cool if anyone says anything you object to. Do not try and be someone you are not. Instead try phrases like: `I would like to share my views on ' or `One difference between your point and mine ' or "I beg to differ with you" Brush up on your leadership skills. Work out various strategies to help you make an entry: initiate the discussion or agree with someone else's point and then move onto express your views.GD Do's Do's Be as natural as possible." or "Raghu. If you do not give valuable insights during the discussion. The key is to stay objective: Don't take the discussion personally. motivate the other members of the team to speak (this surely does not mean that the only thing that you do in the GD is to say "let us hear what the young lady with the blue scarf has to say. Be yourself. Be receptive to others' opinions and do not be abrasive or aggressive. you can have a mock group discussion where you can learn from each other through giving and receiving feedback. let us hear your views" .Essentially be subtle). Language skills are important only to the effect as to how you get your points across clearly and fluently. Take time to organize your thoughts. Don't start speaking until you have clearly understood and analyzed the subject. Always be polite: Try to avoid using extreme phrases like: `I strongly object' or `I disagree'. Opening the discussion is not the only way of gaining attention and recognition. Seek clarification if you have any doubts regarding the subject. Think of what you are going to say. and listen to their views. The evaluator wants to hear you speak. A group discussion is your chance to be more vocal. try to maintain a balanced tone in your discussion and analysis. . all your efforts of initiating the discussion will be in vain. Be assertive not dominating.your gestures and mannerisms are more likely to reflect your attitude than what you say. Your body language says a lot about you .
Team work being an integral part of the BPO work profile. aptitude tests etc. appearing for it unprepared may not augur well for you. provide good data about an individual. The electronic media also will be of good use here. Remember. 2. This is the best way to prepare. Also read multiple view points on the same topic and then create your point of view with rationale. and are given a specific situation to analyse and discuss within a given time limit. it is important that you are able to express your thoughts well. A GD is an activity where y y y Groups of 8-10 candidates are formed into a leaderless group. it is important to ascertain group and inter-personal qualities of an individual. Mocks: Create an informal GD group and meet regularly to discuss and exchange feedback. The better you perform in these mocks the better would be you chances to perform on the final day. or They may be given a case study and asked to come out with a solution for a problem They may be given a topic and are asked to discuss the same 1. Also create answers for counter arguments for your point of view. and creativity. interviews etc. While you may read anything to everything. During the Group Discussion: . Also try to interact and participate in other GD groups.Apart from the above points. This will develop in you a skill to discuss with unknown people as well. Read both for the thoughts as well as for data. This is a never ending process and the more you read. the debates and hot topics of discussion and also with the latest in the IT and ITES industry. Chances are the topics would be around these. which may vary between twenty minutes and forty-five minutes. GD Preparation While selection tools and techniques like tests. problem-solving abilities. Group discussion is a useful tool to ascertain these qualities and many organizations use GDs as a selection tool along with Personal Interviews. This would give you a good idea about your thoughts and how well can you convince. Preparing for a Group Discussion: While GD reflects the inherent qualities of an individual. the better you are in your thoughts. ability to work as a team without alienating certain members. These tips would help you prepare for GDs: Reading: This is the first and the most crucial step in preparation. the panel will also judge team members for their alertness and presence of mind. you must ensure that you are in good touch with current affairs. they fall short in providing real life data of how an individual would be performing in a real life situation especially a group situation.
They are reflected in the ability to interact with other members of the group in a brief situation. These are some of the sub-skills that also get assessed with the skills mentioned above: y y y y y y y y Clarity of thought Group working skills (especially during a group task of case study discussion) Conflict handling Listening and probing skills Knowledge about the subject and individual point of view Ability to create a consensus Openess and flexibility towards new ideas Data based approach to decision making While. expression and aptness of language. y How to I communicate in a GD: Be crisp and to the point.What do the panelists assess: Some of the qualities assessed in a GD are: Leadership Skills .Ability to take leadership roles and be able to lead. Communication Skills . inspire and carry the team along to help them achieve the group's objectives. Persuasive Skills . GD is a test of your ability to think. How do I take my chance to speak: Trying to interrupt others while speaking would only harm your chances. One key aspect is listening. The person has to be more people centric and less self-centered.People skills are an important aspect of any job. Emotional maturity and balance promotes good interpersonal relationships. Also. Interpersonal Skills . Make eye contact with all . Be fact based and avoid making individual opinions that do not have a factual base. you may try to maintain an eye-contact with the speaker. your analytical capabilities and your ability to make your point in a team-based environment. Instead. You can quickly take it from there. you would do well if you are able to show a couple or more qualities and avoid giving negative evidence on others. This would reflect that you are actually being participative rather than just doing a collective monologue. This would show your listening skills also and would help you gauge from his eye-movement and pitch of voice that he is about to close his inputs.The ability to analyze and persuade others to see the problem from multiple perspectives.Candidates will be assessed in terms of clarity of thought. It indicates a willingness to accommodate others views. it is not possible to reflect all these qualities in a short time. try and link your inputs with what he has spoken whether you are adding to or opposing his arguments.
Be active and interested throughout. Leadership in a GD would be reflected by your clarity of thought. Interestingly. Listening: This is a key quality assessed during the GD about which many participants forget. Confidence. ability to expand the topic in its different dimensions. For this. you need to be really crisp to reflect the most in those 30-40 sec. on them. Keep the following points in mind while summarizing a discussion: o Avoid raising new points. Stay objective and don't take the discussion personally. This will tell you are knowledgeable and that you participate in groups Summarizing: If you have not been able to initiate the discussion. Good summarizing would get you good reward points. try to summaries and close it. Stick to this approach. participants think that success in group discussions depends on how much and how loudly they speak. work on these areas rather than be a selfappointed moderator of the group. great etc. Active listening can fetch you credit points and would also provide you with data to discuss. don't get upset if anyone says anything you object to. listening to others and probing them to provide more information. slots. The objective is not to make others toe your line but to provide fact based. your views are important and the group needs to know. Hence. making your point on the topic. the rest of the 20-25 minutes is required to spent in active listening. providing an opportunity to a silent participant to speak. Do leadership skills include moderating the group discussion: This is a myth and many people do try to impose their order on the GD. How do I convince others and make them agree to my view point: A lot of candidates make it their mission to make the group reach to a conclusion on the topic. convincing arguments which create an impact. it's the opposite. It is better to participate less if you have no clue of the topic. This would also make you be the centre of attraction as you would appear non-threatening to the speakers. Completeness.y y y y y y the members in the group and avoid looking at the panelists while speaking. Do not forget that some of the topics have been eternal debates and there is no way you can get an agreement in 15 mins. Also. remember the six C's of communication . o Avoid stating only your viewpoint. Also. Quality Vs Quantity: Often.Clarity. fine. Behaviour during the GD: Be patient. You would be assessed on a range of different skills and you may think that leadership is key.). A conclusion is where the whole group decides in favour or against the topic and most GDs do not have a closure. Also. The average duration of the group discussion provides an average of about 2-3 minutes per participant to speak and you should try to speak about 3-4 times. This only reflects poor leadership. using acknowledging words like -I see ok. But every GD can be summarized by putting forth what the group has discussed in a nutshell. Be appreciative & receptive to ideas from other people and open-minded but do not let others to change your own viewpoint. attend to them (like nodding. Hence. maintain eye contact with the speakers. ordering people when to speak and when not to. you need to be careful that you don't dominate the discussion. . Correctness and Courtesy. if you have an average of 2-3 minutes to speak. Conciseness. You may listen to others and take clues from there and speak.
For the purpose. Do not add anything once the GD has been summarised. It must include all the important points that came out during the GD If you are asked to summarise a GD. Some Positive Task Roles in a Group Discussion:You may want to play one or more of them: y y y y y y y y y y y y y y Initiator Information seeker Information giver Procedure facilitator Opinion seeker Opinion giver Clarifier Social Supporter Harmonizer Tension Reliever Energizer Compromiser Gatekeeper Summarizer Negative Roles to be Avoided y y y y y Disgruntled non-participant Attacker Dominator Patronizer Clown Feedback template: While doing mocks for GD preparation. You may make changes in it depending upon your need.both quantitative and qualitative. you would get benefited by the feedback of others. it means the GD has come to an end.o o o o o Avoid dwelling only on one aspect of the GD Keep it brief and concise. GD Mistakes . The items described over there are a suggested list and not a complete one. we are providing a template for feedback .
Facts and figures need not validate all your statements. she vented her anger by accusing the other candidate for being a male chauvinist and went on to defend women in general. When Rashmi finally got an opportunity to speak. Every other sentence of his contained statistical data .27% of parliamentarians felt that. So." and so on so forth. he took pains to project his vast knowledge of the topic.Here's a list of the most common mistakes made at group discussions: Emotional outburst Rashmi was offended when one of the male participants in a group discussion made a statement on women generally being submissive while explaining his point of view. y y Exercise restraint in anything. the rest of the team either laughed at him or ignored his attempts to enlighten them as they perceived that he was cooking up the data. and not on quantity. Quality Vs Quantity Gautam believed that the more he talked. Lose objectivity and make personal attacks. He did this so often that the other candidates got together to prevent him from participating in the rest of the discussion." Domination is frowned upon.. Egotism Showing off Krishna was happy to have got a group discussion topic he had prepared for.. instead of focussing on the topic. I recently read in a Jupiter Report that. So. 24. he interrupted other people at every opportunity. Soon. What Rashmi essentially did was to y y y Deviate from the subject Treat the discussion as a forum to air her own views. Your contribution must be relevant. You will end up being frowned upon if you attempt showing-off your knowledge."20% of companies. The mantra is "Contributing meaningfully to the team's success. Evaluation is based on quality. the more likely he was to get through the GD. y y y Assessment is not only on your communication skills but also on your ability to be a team player. . Her behaviour would have been perceived as immature and demotivating to the rest of the team.
It is easy to pick up these cues from your body language. Starting off the group discussion with a mistake is one such mistake. science and technology is helpful. Listen! It gives you the time to conceptualize and present the information in a better manner. He began discussing the ways in which the country had benefited by joining WTO. She thought that some of the other candidates were exceptionally good. Remember. It is very important to listen and understand the topic before you air your opinions. economy. who then corrected his mistake. she contributed little to the discussion. he did not hear the word "negative" in the topic. she preferred to remain silent. You might be appreciated for your in-depth knowledge. Your verbal and non verbal cues are being read. sound knowledge on different topics like politics. Managing one's insecurities Sumati was very nervous. participate in the discussion. Use a pen and paper to jot down your ideas. y y y False starts are extremely expensive. Even when she was asked to comment on a particular point. you are the participant in the GD. Such a behavior indicates how self-centered you are and highlights your inability to work in an atmosphere where different opinions are expressed. Focus on your strengths and do not spend too much time thinking about how others are superior or inferior to you. .But for the right reasons Srikumar knew that everyone would compete to initiate the discussion. Some mistakes are irreparable. Decent communication skills with good confidence is a must to crack the GDs.y y y Its your analysis and interpretation that are equally important .was read out. So. not the evaluator. In his anxiety to be the first to start speaking. A candidate with good reading habits has more chances of success.not just facts and figures. only to be stopped by the evaluator. Knowledge is strength. Spending a little time analyzing the topic may provide you with insights which others may not have thought about. They cost you your admission. But you will fail miserably in your people skills. rather than evaluating others and your performance. Thanks to her insecurity. Get noticed . unless you have a great sense of humor. he began talking. finance. Your confidence level is being evaluated. In other words. So as soon as the topic "Discuss the negative effects of India joining the WTO" . y y y Your personality is also being evaluated.
you might adopt the wait and watch attitude. literacy. Clarity in speech and expression is yet another essential quality. A GD is not a debating stage. If you are not sure about the topic of discussion. . Materialistic things? Globalization how real is it? Black-darkness or beam. Instead. disagreeing or remaining neutral. not by cutting others short. While speaking don't keep looking at a single member. A GD is a formal occasion where slang is to avoided. MBA GD Topics y y y y y y y y y Is India moving towards people management? Education in India burden or opportunity? Football means to India? IT chain puller of Indian economy. Non-verbal gestures. Don't interrupt a speaker when the session is on. Listen attentively to others. it is better not to initiate. Maintain rapport with fellow participants. such as listening intently or nodding while appreciating someone's viewpoint speak of you positively. Education vs.Power to convince effectively is another quality that makes you stand out among others. Lack of knowledge or wrong approach creates a bad impression. may be you would be able to come up with a point or two later. Language use should be simple. direct and straight forward. Eye contact plays a major role. Address the entire group in such a way that everyone feels you are speaking to him or her. Indian Philosophy in the world? Human relations vs. Try to score by increasing your size. Communicate with each and every candidate present. Participants should confine themselves to expressing their viewpoints. In the second part of the discussion candidates can exercise their choice in agreeing.
y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y History spoils us or built us? Unique identification number. Aviation needs good engineers or management? 2012 is rumor or reality? Business money or fame? Taxation policy (2010) savings or fascination? NGOs or Independent helping. invention. Is rural India strength for India? Indian agriculture system. Innovation how much is it required? Discovery vs. European management system in Indian management system. Spiritualism is a curtain to crime? We or you? Tranquility satisfaction or success? Prostitution excuse or intent? . Death of Socialism Women burden or backbone? Kids are more careers oriented. Politics another career option? Pygmalion affects how much effective? A fool or an arrogant star? Study or extra curricular activity is the driven force to success? CCR SLR which should be given more important? Credit card spoiling habits? Machine over man or man over machine? Movies made in Bollywood for Hollywood Models turn actors. Reality shows.
Team worker or a Leader? Davinci code. Role of IT in other managerial functions (required)? Interview or GD? Management or technology contributed to Indian development? Blue eyes. India leader or follower in 20th century? Rajneeti vs. Reason for tourism in India business or tourist place? Decreasing defense expenditure and increasing social expenditure is the need of the hour Engineering GD Topics y y y y y y y y y Is China a threat to the Indian software industry. Role of UN in peacekeeping. Environment Management. Govt contribution to IT is china a threat to Indian industry India or west . Is China better than India in software.y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y 2012 certain or uncertain? Sex conversion way to reach goal or feel good factor? Theory or practical? MBA or PGDM? A fool or a competitive jerk? Dose really Placebo affects? Avatar a turning point. which is the land of opportunities water resources should be nationalised . kites. Position of Women in India compared to other nations.
Kaun Banega Krorepati is less about knowledge but more about money and personality. US war on iraq-justified or not. "UN's peace activities" and "America's war on Iraq". censorship is the need of the hour.y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y "BALANCE BETWEEN PROFESSIONALISM AND FAMILY" Effect of cinema on Youth Education in India compared to Foreign nations What is the effect of movies on youth. What India needs is a Dictatorship. Foreign Television Channels are destroying our culture. Should we pursue our policy of dialogue with Pakistan? Is peace and non-violence outdated concepts? A Unipolar World spells disaster for underdeveloped countries like India. Can America occupy Iraq IS CHINA A THREAT TO INDIA Present state of Indian Cricket team Advantages of Co-education. "Environment-Whose Responsibility". How to deal with international terrorism. Is Globalization Really Necessary? What shall we do about our ever-increasing Population? Corruption is the price we pay for Democracy. Role of UN in Peace keeping War on Iraq About Hockey being the primary game in India. Beauty contests degrade womanhood The rise of regional blocs threatens independent nations like India Six billion and one bronze! . is it good or bad) Are studies more beneficial in India or in Abroad. With media publishing and telecasting trivia.
logical. without prior work experience working in a big marketing firm is a disadvantage when compared with working in a small firm. irrational and extremely dangerous concept. y The doctrine of "limited nuclear war" is an ill-convinced.K. . y y Nuclear war cannot be won and should not be fought. y From public sector to privatization as in the U. Private enterprise and not public sector will contribute to faster and higher economic growth in India y y y Inflation is inevitable in our developing country.. y Some simple but effective electoral reforms will enable us to retain the present parliamentary system and ensure the preservation of democracy in India. Discuss. Economic betterment of the poorer nations is as important as disarmament to ensure lasting world peace. Should there be private universities? Does banning fashion shows and New Year parties save our culture? Public sector is more a hindrance than help to promote socialism. is the right answer for India's instant economic breakthrough.y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y Is dependence on computers a good thing? Should the public sector be privatised? China and India are similar nations with contrasting ways Is India a Soft Nation? Value based politics is the need of the hour Religion should not be mixed with politics How to deal with high oil prices Our cricketers are not to blame for match fixing Why cant we be world players in industry as we are in software? Multinational corporations: Are they devils in disguise? Should there be limits on artistic freedom (the controversy on Fire). ill. For a marketing post graduate. The policy of reservation is a legacy of the British and it has done more harm than good.
Technology: The Ism' Of The New Millennium? Religion And Politics Should Not Mix TRIPS Controversy And The Patent Act Amendment Should India Sign The CTBT . Indians perform better as individuals rather than in groups. Voting rights to illiterates in India is illogical because it is widely misused. . To develop India has to empower women. Effect of liberalization on poverty. or do they? Developing countries should spend more on development than on defense. Joint family is a blessing in disguise Higher education should be made possible only for those who can pay for it. Beauty pageants are a marketing gimmick.Formulate the government's health policy to control the spread of AIDS. Privatization will lead to less corruption. Foreign trade is necessary for any country to survive Presidential Vs Parliamentary form of government of India. There can never be a classless society.y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y Consumerism is destroying the social fabric of Indian culture Free market is a prerequisite for growth. Political parties have outlived their utility. State is the biggest violator of human rights. Business and ethics go hand in hand. Cricket as a national obsession is a detriment to other sports. Is Swadeshi relevant for India today? Money is required to earn more money. Executive should be allowed to form unions. Women cannot successfully combine both career and home Women are good managers. Advertising is a waste of resources.
Hijackers? Nice Guys Finish Last All Work And No Play Makes Jack A Dull Boy Individual Freedom And Civil Society Conventionalism And Modernity: The Ever going Debate Should There Be A Restriction On Permissiveness Being propagated by The MTV Culture And Foreign Media? y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y Marxism And Its Future All Over The World The Growing Menace Of Casteism And Regionalism Presidential Form Of Government Is Needed In India Bullet For Bullet: Is It The Right Policy? Capitation Fees Should Be Abolished Brain-Drain Has To Be Stopped Business And Ethics Can't / Don't Go Together Are women As good as Men Or Inferior? Nothing Succeeds Like Success The Malthusian Economic Prophecy Is No Longer Relevant Secessionism In The North-East: Who's To Blame? Should India Break Diplomatic Ties With Pakistan? Age and Youth: Experience And Young Talent East Is East & West Is Where All The Action Is': Mark Twain Freedom Of _Expression And The State Authority. BPO GD Topics y y y Is coalition politics here to stay? Does India need a dictator? What ails Indian sports? .y y y y y y y y State Interventions In Market Kind Or Mixed Economy Science Is A Boon Or Bane Is Swapping Terrorists For Hostages An Encouragement For Plane.
.Is there room for everyone? Artificial Intelligence . liquor industry etc.foundation strengths or colonial hangovers? In India.has it killed education Should doctors be tried in Consumer Courts Is E-Commerce the best thing for India General GD Topics y US war on Iraq-justified or not.y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y Success is all about human relations Borderless worlds .our strength or our weakness? Management Education .Is there a correlation? We don't learn from history.Have we sold our souls to the Devil? Role of ethics in tobacco industry.Do we lack in team spirit? "Dot.the back office to the world by 2020 Does Indian IT industry need to focus on products rather than services The BPO age .Will man be ever replaced by machines? Materialism .Dream or reality? Quality is a myth in India Will China overtake India in IT India . the whole is less than the parts . Are we unfit for Democracy? Survival tools for the new millennium Examinations .heralding a new employment revolution The BPO revolution and its impact on the society Education and success . we repeat it Do we need a global policeman? Indian villages .Is it necessary to succeed in business Kids today are not what they used to be Repeated elections .Who should pay for them Indian bureaucracy .com" companies .
Is China a threat to the Indian software industry. Love marriage/Arranged marriage. "UN's peace activities" and "America's war on Iraq". Is China better than India in software.y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y Role of UN in peacekeeping. IS CHINA A THREAT TO INDIA Present state of Indian Cricket team. is it good or bad) Are studies more beneficial in India or in Abroad. "Environment-Whose Responsibility". Role of UN in Peace keeping War on Iraq About Hockey being the primary game in India Can America occupy Iraq Cricket should be banned or not. Should SONIA Gandhi be made the PM BPOs in INDIA Govt contribution to IT will punch lines rule the Advt premarital sex is china a threat to Indian industry India or west . which is the land of opportunities water resources should be nationalized "BALANCE BETWEEN PROFESSIONALISM AND FAMILY" Effect of cinema on Youth Education in India compared to Foreign nations Is it necessary to ban COCO COLA in India. . Environment Management. Position of Women in India compared to other nations. What is the effect of movies on youth.
Should there be private universities? . Beauty contests degrade womanhood The rise of regional blocs threatens independent nations like India Six billion and one bronze! Is dependence on computers a good thing? Should the public sector be privatised? China and India are similar nations with contrasting ways Is India a Soft Nation? Value based politics is the need of the hour Religion should not be mixed with politics How to deal with high oil prices Our cricketers are not to blame for match fixing Why cant we be world players in industry as we are in software? Multinational corporations: Are they devils in disguise? Should there be limits on artistic freedom (the controversy on Fire). How to deal with international terrorism. censorship is the need of the hour. With media publishing and telecasting trivia. Should we pursue our policy of dialogue with Pakistan? Is peace and non-violence outdated concepts? Current GD Topics y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y A Unipolar World spells disaster for underdeveloped countries like India Is Globalisation Really Necessary? What shall we do about our ever-increasing Population? Corruption is the price we pay for Democracy Foreign Television Channels are destroying our culture What India needs is a Dictatorship. Kaun Banega Krorepati is less about knowledge but more about money and personality.y y y y Advantages of Co-education.
but what if she isn t able to communicate her thoughts in front of her seniors or evaluators? Simply. Yesterday one of our readers mailed me about her problem. She might be proficient in many skills. someone else is taking the credit.softwaretestinghelp. Why this is happening? She is lagging in interpersonal skills. Lagging in communication. First thing Group Discussion is used for mass elimination! And second thing group discussion selection criteria s are based on actual company requirements. So interpersonal skill is very important for tester. . 10 simple ways with ppt on GD Posted In | Soft skills for testers http://www.com/how-to-crack-the-gd/ Many companies and institutes are making group discussion as the first criteria for screening the candidates for face-to-face interviews. Let s see how you can make this impression. she will lose the credits of her own work! Making a good impression while speaking in meetings or interviews is the basic skill every professional should have. She is very good at work but when it comes to taking credit for her work.com/interview/gd_mock.htm(mock gd case studies) How to crack the GD (Group Discussion).freshersworld. Communication and Group Discussion skill are two relevant soft skills that are must for software testers. managers and customers. And there is reason too for giving huge importance for Group Discussion.y Does banning fashion shows and New Year parties save our culture http://www. Why group discussion should be the first criteria for selecting software testers? Software tester requires communication with different people like team members.
Your analysis skill and subject knowledge. How you behave and interact with group. Your attitude and confidence. Your listening skill. Instead make some notes and clear the points when it s your turn. Your leadership and decision making skills. Do s and Don ts of Group discussion: 1) Keep eye contact while speaking: Do not look at the evaluators only. How you put forward your views. 4) Speak clearly: . Problem solving and critical thinking skill.What skills are judged in group discussion? y y y y y y y y y How good you are at communication with others. How open minded are you. 2) Initiate the GD: Initiating the GD is a big plus. 3) Allow others to speak: Do not interrupt anyone in-between while speaking. But keep in mind Initiate the group discussion only when you understood the GD topic clearly and have some topic knowledge. Keep eye contact with every team member while speaking. Speaking without proper subject knowledge is bad impression. Even if you don t agree with his/her thoughts do not snatch their chance to speak.
Use simple and understandable words while speaking. Make all group members aware that you all need to come to some conclusion at the end of the discussion. Don t be too aggressive if you are disagreeing with someone. This will make coherent discussion and you will get involved in the group positively. 6) Positive attitude: Be confident. Do not try to dominate anyone. Don t worry even if you speak less. You have limited time so be precise and convey your thoughts in short and simple language. Show interest in discussion. Express your feelings calmly and politely. Keep positive body language. 10) Formal dressing: .Speak politely and clearly. 7) Speak sensibly: Do not speak just to increase your speaking time. 8 ) Listen carefully to others: Speak less and listen more! Pay attention while others are speaking. You will surely make people agree with you. 5) Make sure to bring the discussion on track: If by any means group is distracting from the topic or goal then simply take initiative to bring the discussion on the track. Your thoughts should be sensible and relevant instead of irrelevant speech. 9) No need to go into much details: Some basic subject analysis is sufficient. No need to mention exact figures while giving any reference. So stick to the topic.
Group Discussion http://www. Follow these 10 simple rules to easily crack the GD.php Group Discussion can be defined as a formal discussion involving ten to 12 participants in a group. In this methodology. . Here are some of the most important personality traits that a candidate should possess to do well at a GD: y y y y y y y y y y Team Player Reasoning Ability Leadership Flexibility Assertiveness Initiative Creativity/ Out of the box thinking Inspiring ability Listening Awareness 1. As in a football game. given a few minutes to think about the same. It is a methodology used by an organization to gauge whether the candidate has certain personality traits and/or skills that it desires in its members. and then asked to discuss the it among themselves for 15-20 minutes. GD is also based on team work.com/group-discussion. Positive gesture and body language will make your work easy.freshershome. You should be comfortable while speaking in group. Team Player It is essential for managers to be team players. passing the ball to each team member and aim for a common goal. incorporating views of different team members to reach a common goal. No fancy and funny dressing. The reason: Managers always work in teams. where you play like a team.Do not take it casually. the group of candidates is given a topic or a situation.
Leadership There are three types of situations that can arise in a GD: y y y A GD where participants are unable to establish a proper rapport and do not speak much. later. Contribute to the GD with your ideas and opinions. Flexibility . a leader would be someone who facilitates the third situation at a GD. caution: Being a mere coordinator in a GD does not help. ~S/he coordinates the effort of the different team members in the GD. 3. Here. 2. but also try and steer the conversation towards a goal. ~S/he contributes to the GD at regular intervals with valuable insights. For example. ~S/he also inspires and motivates team members to express their views. And. a manager works as a team member. A GD where participants get emotionally charged and the GD gets chaotic. Reasoning Ability Reasoning ability plays an important role while expressing your opinions or ideas at a GD. A GD where participants discuss the topic assertively by touching on all its nuances and try to reach the objective. A leader would have the following qualities: ~S/he shows direction to the group whenever group moves away from the topic.At the beginning of his(manager) career. on India's growth and its effect's: Any Answer for this should be based on reasons. 4. as a team leader. Management aspirants who lack team skills cannot be good managers. not assumptions. because it is a secondary role.
stubborn and obstinate person. whereas an assertive person displays positive body language. you end up in a typical catch-22 situation: ~If you change your stand. You will find yourself in the good books of the examiner. stammer or misquote facts. ie 'Yes.You must be open to other ideas as well as to the evaluation of your ideas: That is what flexibility is all about. it gives the impression that you started the GD just for the sake of the initial points. But that is a high risk-high return strategy. positive and confident manner. Creativity/ Out of the box thinking An idea or a perspective which opens new horizons for discussion on the GD topic is always highly appreciated. When you put across a new idea convincingly. or. and can be a threat to the group. such that it is discussed at length by the group. 6. But first. Initiate a GD only if you are well versed with the topic. An aggressive person can also demonstrate negative body language. Also. Aggressiveness is all about forcing your point on the other person. Say the topic of a GD is. you are seen as a fickle-minded or a whimsical person. 'No. If you start and fail to contribute at regular intervals. India should not'. Also. Participants often confuse assertiveness with aggressiveness. ~If you do not change your stand. 7. it may work against you. Inspiring ability . 8. it can only be positive. remember: Never ever start your GD with a stand or a conclusion. India should'. if you fumble. Initiative A general trend amongst students is to start a GD and get the initial kitty of points earmarked for the initiator. 'Should India Ban night work for Women at night hours?' Some participants tend to get emotionally attached to the topic and take a stand either in favour or against the topic. if you encounter an opposition with a very strong point at the 11th hour. you have already given your decision without discussing the topic at hand or listening to the views of your team members. 5. By taking a stand. you are seen as an inflexible. Remember: You never ever get a second chance to create a first impression. Assertiveness You must put forth your point to the group in a very emphatic.
9. Be yourself. If you do not give valuable insights during the discussion.your gestures and mannerisms are more likely to reflect your attitude than what you say. Always be polite: Try to avoid using extreme phrases like: `I strongly object' or `I disagree'. giving them an opportunity to express their ideas or opinions will be seen as a positive trait. Awareness You must be well versed with both the micro and macro environment. Do not try and be someone you are not. If some team members want to express their ideas but are not getting the opportunity to do so. The evaluator wants to hear you speak. 10. try to maintain a balanced tone in your discussion and analysis. motivate the other members of the team to speak (this surely does not mean that the only thing that you do in the GD is to say "let us hear what the young lady with the blue scarf has to say. This may insult him and hamper the flow of the GD. Don't start speaking until you have clearly understood and analyzed the subject. The key is to stay objective: Don't take the discussion personally. Be receptive to others' opinions and do not be abrasive or aggressive. Don't lose your cool if anyone says anything you object to.com Team! The tips given below are appicable in any GD. and listen to their views. A group discussion is your chance to be more vocal." or "Raghu. . Listening Always try and strike a proper balance between expressing your ideas and imbibing ideas. you need not necessarily go out of the way to ask him to express his views. y y y y y y y y y y y y y y Be as natural as possible. you can have a mock group discussion where you can learn from each other through giving and receiving feedback. let us hear your views" . The only difference between most other GDs and the GDs conducted by the IIMs after CAT or other top B Schools is the intensity of the competition. all your efforts of initiating the discussion will be in vain. Language skills are important only to the effect as to how you get your points across clearly and fluently.Essentially be subtle). Work out various strategies to help you make an entry: initiate the discussion or agree with someone else's point and then move onto express your views. Opening the discussion is not the only way of gaining attention and recognition. Be assertive not dominating. Caution: If a participant is not willing to speak. Take time to organize your thoughts.A good group discussion should incorporate views of all the team members. Your awareness about your environment helps a lot in your GD content. which carries maximum weightage. Seek clarification if you have any doubts regarding the subject. Instead try phrases like: `I would like to share my views on ' or `One difference between your point and mine ' or "I beg to differ with you" Brush up on your leadership skills. Think of what you are going to say. If you have a group of like-minded friends. Your body language says a lot about you . Groupd Discussion Common Tips From FreshersHome.
The best possible preparation for a group discussion is to learn from your past mistakes.com/group-discussion/common-gd-tips. and creativity. ability to work as a team without alienating certain members. http://www. the panel will also judge team members for their alertness and presence of mind.php .freshershome.Apart from the above points.. Don't be disheartened if you did not do well in your first group discussion. problem-solving abilities..
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