Group Discussion Tips you should not miss!
Purpose of Group Discussion
It is conducted to assess the Managerial Attributes of the Candidates on parameters like:
The idea is to observe how a person speaks, what he speaks, his level of confidence, his ability to listen and convince others, and his behavior towards colleagues.
Process of Group Discussion
Topics for Group Discussions
The GD topics are pretty general and broad-based and concern something that any student can (should be able to) discuss; these require no special knowledge, only an overall understanding of the issues involved.
Structure of Group Discussions
A Debatable Topic or Problem is presented either in writing on a blackboard or is stated verbally by the person in charge, representing the organization.
This person is called the Moderator or Coordinator or Facilitator.
Skills Required for GD
1. Communication Abilities:
1. The ability to communicate effectively your viewpoint is a key ingredient to being successful.
2. The emphasis is on effectiveness – how well the others have understood your point.
2. Team Skills:
They are all about managing people – either one-to-one or increasingly, in a team setting.
3. Analytical Skills:
1. How quickly, clearly and dispassionately you can analyze a given situation.
Remember, decisiveness is an extremely valuable trait even in personal life, more so in professional life. Just avoid indecision.
4. Awareness/General Knowledge:
1. A thorough knowledge of your political, social, economic, business and other environment is required.
2. A would-be manager needs this knowledge to a greater degree.
Tips for Effective Participation in a GD
GD Dos & Don’ts
Hence, Group Discussions test your presence of mind, the depth of your knowledge, your communication skills and your ability to argue logically.