what is group discussion?
Group discussion is a group activity in the interview process, which judges the personality of a person. Group discussion assesses the behavioral traits in a person, his or her leadership skills, social skills, team skills, problem-solving skills and presence of mind. In Group Discussion the group of candidates is given a topic or a situation, given a few minutes to think of the same, and then asked to discuss the topic among themselves for 15-20 minutes.
Why Group discussion is conducted?
GD evaluates how you can function as a part of a team, as you are going to work in an organization with a group of people. Therefore how you interact in a team becomes an important criterion for your selection. That is the reason why organizations include GD as a component of the selection procedure.
Group Discussion also serves as a mass-elimination tool. When there are many candidates applying for limited posts, the Group Discussion can act as a benchmark to select the best among the crew.
Preparing for GD
To give the best in Group discussion you need to read the newspapers, magazines and news portals to know the trending news and inventions in the market. There are no specific rules to prepare for a GD. However, below are few points that a person can keep in mind while preparing for a GD.
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10 Tips to crack Group Discussion:
Talking about the given topic in the group discussion doesn’t make you get a software engineer/testing engineer job; it is all about how you behave in the discussion and how you will try to balance the situation.
1. Initiate the GD:
Initiating the GD is shows your confidence, but keep in mind – Initiate the group discussion only if you understand the GD topic clearly and have some knowledge on the topic. Because speaking without proper subject knowledge leaves a bad impression.
The person who initiated the discussion must facilitate the team members to keep the discussion in a flow.
2. Listen carefully to others:
Speak less and listen more! Pay attention while others are speaking. This will make coherent discussion and you will get involved in the group positively. You will surely make people agree with you.
3. Positive attitude:
Be confident. Certainly not try to dominate anyone. Keep positive body language. Show interest in the discussion.
4. Speak politely:
Some people will talk just to increase their speaking time but don’t do that just to increase your speaking time. Express your thoughts, in a relevant manner.
5. Maintain eye contact:
Don’t look at the evaluators only. Keep eye contact with the team members also while speaking.
6. Express your thoughts clearly:
Speaking politely and clearly is very important. Always use simple and understandable words while speaking. If you disagree with someone don’t be aggressive it’s is better to express your feelings in a polite manner.
7. Encourage others to speak:
The main thing you should know is, never interrupt anyone in-between while they are speaking. Even if you don’t agree with his/her thoughts don’t take their chance to speak. You can note down the points and explain those in your turn.
8. Make sure to bring the discussion on track:
If by any chance group is distracting from the topic or goal then simply take initiative to bring the discussion on the track.
9. No need to go into many details:
Some basic subject analysis is sufficient. No need to mention exact figures while giving any reference. You have limited time so be precise and convey your thoughts in short and simple language.
10. Dress formally:
Do not take it casually. You should be comfortable while speaking in a group. Positive gesture and body language will make your work easy.
While concluding the group discussions never forget to include all the important topics discussed and avoid raising new points. Instead of using “I am concluding the discussion) always use the sentence like “as per the discussion we are concluding this topic”.