Campus Recruitment – Group Discussion – Summary
- Listen to topic carefully. Organize your ideas and write them down on a piece of paper. Be brief and analytical on whatever you say.
- Listen to others. Initiate the discussion if you are familiar with the topic. It is not compulsory that you should initiate the discussion.
- Speak to the point and avoid repetition. How long you talk is irrelevant, what you talk is important.
- Repeating the same points over and over again shows the lack of content in the candidate.
- Use quotations, proverbs, facts and figures in your discussion. Speak as early as you can in a GD to get noticed.
- Asking relevant questions will show your enthusiasm towards the Group Discussion.
- Use clear, concise and simple language so that every group member will understand.
- Involve other participants in discussion by asking for their opinion. Create harmony between different opinions by giving compromising solution.
- Be confident. If you aren’t confident with yourself, you’ will be scared of sharing your opinions.
- You need to trust yourself. You need to feel confident in your thoughts. Just speaking throughout the discussion doesn’t make you smart; you should also give others a chance to speak.
- Involve yourself totally in the group discussion. Show the others that you are involved by using appropriate body gestures.
- Treat the given topic as the real life situation where you need to solve along with group.
- Maintain eye contact with the person who is speaking and with the group members while you are speaking.
- If the speaker is making an eye-contact with you, remember to acknowledge him by saying “Yes, I agree” or just by nodding your head, so that the speaker is aware that his listeners are listening to him and paying full attention.
- This will also show that you are vigilant and are an active participant in the discussion.
- Time management is very important in group discussion.
- Keep a track on the passing time so that you can contribute adequately within the time available.
- Activeness, enthusiasm and meaningful participation in the discussion are very important as they fetch good impression. Therefore, speak up and do not remain just a spectator.
- Also, listen carefully what the others are saying and get involved. Be audible. But do not shout or scream. Address the whole group, not a single person or only to the observers.
- If you find that the discussion is going off track, grab this opportunity to bring it on track, thus securing an additional score for yourself.
- Be polite and well mannered. Keep your emotions in control even in very provocative situations and do not lose your temper. Do not get personal on issues with other participants.
- Some candidates have so many points to put across. So they end up occupying a lot of time. This shows poor concern for the others.
- Do interrupt or enter the discussion when you want to. Do not interrupt other’s discussions.
- However, try to politely speak up your points. Close the Group Discussion by summarizing the topic effectively.
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