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Group discussion (GD) is used by most of the companies today, for screening the candidates in a hiring process. Besides they are also conducted by UPSC, CAT and several other prestigious organisations throughout the country. Sometimes it is used as an eliminating round and sometimes not, depending upon the requirements of the recruiting companies. However the target should be to perform as good as possible. Hence it is highly recommended to give adequate time on GD preparations. In this article, you can find out all you need to know in order to perform well in a GD.
It is important to understand a couple of things about GD. What most people fail to understand is that ‘GD’ is quite different from a ‘Debate’. Often it is observed that people start fighting over a discussion. But GD is not about proving one’s own point of view. Rather, the participants are expected to work as a team and reach to a unanimous result/conclusion. GD is more about showing your team-building and leadership skills. There is no need to use very complicated language. What’s important is that you reflect confidence in whatever you say. It is suggested to have a sound knowledge of current affairs as well as the subjects which are relevant for the GD. Also you should go through the common GD topics.
Click here to see the common GD topics.
Here are some valuable points to keep in mind for a GD:
Practice: You get a single chance to prove yourself,and certainly you don’t want to ruin it. So start practicing for GD with your friends, for the common topics asked in a GD. Click Here to see the list of 50 common GD Topics.
Dress properly: Follow a proper dress code while going for any GD/Recruitment process.
Listen to the topic carefully: When the topic is being announced listen to it very carefully, because unless you fully understand the topic you cannot start a discussion on it.
Quick Notes: Quickly note down the points which come to your mind and you are planning to say. Don’t forget to carry a pen and paper with you. Also be prepared to handle the counter-questions which may come to you.
Initiate the GD: Starting the discussion draws everyone’s attention towards you and certainly helps you score more as compared to others. But don’t do it just for the sake of starting the GD. If you start it, ensure that you have properly understood the topic, and you are making a valuable contribution to the discussion.
Eye contact: Maintain a proper eye contact with all the participants while you speak. Also while you are listening, maintain an eye contact with the person who is speaking and listen attentively.
Body Language: You are required to follow proper gesture in a GD. The way you sit and react is also observed. Avoid minor distractions during the discussion e.g. sudden noise coming from the locality or someone entering the room. Don’t hold anything (like a pen) in your hand as you may unconsciously start playing with it and lose your focus.
Good points: Raise good points, which provide right direction to the discussion. Also be prepared to support and justify your points with logic when required.
Speak clearly: As mentioned before, there is no need to use very complex or flowery language. But whatever you speak, speak very clearly.
Don’t be aggressive: Suppose you don’t agree with someone, it’s okay. But you should maintain decorum and politeness while disagreeing with him. Never be aggressive.
Listening: Listening to others is also an important skill required for a GD. Moreover it is also necessary because you don’t want to lose track of the direction in which the discussion is going. Otherwise you may end up mentioning a point which has already been quoted, proving that you were not attentive to what others were saying.
Time doesn't matter: It's not necessary that you consume a lot of time while speaking. Rather speak sensibly and raise only those points which are relevant to the discussion.
Keeping these points in mind you can easily score good points in a GD. Just be confident and you can easily handle it. If you ever feel nervousness, take a few deep breaths and you see it disappear in no time. Also go through The common GD topics.
Click here to read 50 common GD topics.