In the current times, Group Discussion or GD constitutes an integral part of the recruitment and selection process. A Group Discussion is an open discussion on a case study or a thought provoking market research topic by a group of persons. Each member of the group participates in the discussion and tries to evaluate the topic of discussion by expressing their thoughts on the subject.
Here are some useful tips that can help you in effectively dealing with a Group Discussion
Good Communication Skills
The power of expression should be prominent in an individual engaging in a group discussion. The candidate has to talk sensibly in order to convince the others. For this, it is necessary to be precise and clear and speak powerfully to gain the attention of the audience. Again, it is equally important to listen carefully to what others have to say and then react or proceed to add some points of your own.
Knowledge pertaining to a given topic
Knowledge on the subject under discussion is vital and clarity on the same is another important aspect. This information can be acquired by regularly reading diverse topics ranging from science and technology to politics. Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of a subject, makes one a confident and confident speaker as well.
The fundamental aim of a group discussion is to assess a candidate’s leadership qualities. A candidate should be able to motivate and influence other candidates by displaying tactfulness, skill, understanding and knowledge on varied topics. This proves his leadership capacities which are highly essential.
Give and take of thoughts
A group discussion can also be seen as an exchange of thoughts and ideas among the members of a group. Your contributions to the discussion, understanding of the main idea, the rapport you strike help in giving a correct assessment of your intelligence and presence of mind.
Addressing the Group not the individual
In a group discussion, it is better to address the group as a whole rather than addressing everyone by name. You should be loud and clear in your language, which again has to be formal. Maintaining confidence and coolness is the mantra while participating in a group discussion.
Group discussion has almost become an inevitable part of the recruitment process in case of jobs and also forms a crucial part of entrance interviews during admissions. Here your communication skills and group behavior are put to test. Therefore, the need to be articulate, to generate ideas, and also create a space for other’s contribution are some of the crucial points you need to keep in mind while participating in a GD.