Tips for success in the Group Discussion round
Group discussions (GDs) are used by educational institutions and several companies to assess the mental aptitude and interpersonal skills of the participants. They check the candidates for their ability to communicate their opinions and thoughts in a clear and persuasive manner. Also, many companies conduct GDs as a part of the elimination process in their placement drives. So, being technically skilled is not enough as you need to do well in group discussions too.
If you are preparing for the Group Discussion round, there are certain tips that you can follow to maximize your chances to progress to the next phase: -
1. Initiate the group discussion
Initiating the group discussion sets the marker, underlining your ability to kick-start things. It shows that you have leadership qualities and that you are a decisive person. The same applies when it comes to closing the group discussion. But, in a case where you do not know much about the topic of discussion, it is better that you listen to what a few others have to say and then put your views across.
2. Allow others to speak
Being a part of a group discussion does not mean that you do not let others speak. You have to be a good listener as that exhibits your ability to be a part of the team. Also, do not try to dominate the discussion; coming across as headstrong might work against you in a group discussion.
3. Establish eye contact with everyone present there
One of the most common mistakes that people make during the GD round is to only look at the evaluators. It is okay to look at them but you should also establish eye contact with all the other participants and pay attention to what they are saying. In the end, you should always remember that you are in a discussion with the participants and not those who are there to evaluate you.
4. Don’t ever be rude
If your views differ from those presented by another participant, make it a point to express it in the politest way possible. Never try to be rude; remain calm while you object. Start by saying something like “I respectfully disagree” and then move in to convey your opinion.
5. Keep working on your communication skills
No matter how much knowledge you have, if your communication skills aren’t up to the mark, then that will work against you in a group discussion. Hence, keep brushing them up whenever you can.
Conclusively speaking, your chances of success in the Group Discussion round will significantly increase when you keep these points in mind. All the best!