In today’s recruitment process no doubt group discussion has become one the major part of it. It’s an activity where group members learn through communicating and interacting with each other. It’s a method used by organizations to identify candidate’s personality traits and their ability to work in a team. That’s why group discussion (GD) is a famous selection process apart from regular tests and interviews.
THE GROUP DISCUSSION PROCESS
A group discussion can be divided into 3 phases
How you initiate a topic matters the most because it makes or breaks your first impression. Following methods can be used for making first impressions. You can use
- Facts and Figures
- Shocking statements
- Short Story
Try to make group discussion as faithful as it can by not making it a debate which ultimately leads for a bad impression.
HOW TO INTERRUPT OTHER SKILLFULLY?
- That’s good! However…
- I agree. In addition…
- That’s a great idea. But…
- This point needs further elaboration…
- Very correct. But I would add that…
- Another important point…
Now, won’t that help!?
Cracker’s Code for a Successful Group Discussion
Below are the guidelines for making your next GD session the best!
#1. Be a Team Player
The main objective of GD is to assess an individual’s ability to perform in a team. What counts is the participation of every member and jointly reaching to a mutual conclusion.
A balance must be made in a discussion between expressing one’s view and listening to other’s ideas since this is a team activity.
#3. Equal Opportunity For All
A GD is never an individual activity it is always a group activity. The leader should make sure that every member is given a chance to put his/her point across.
#4. Out of The Box Thinking
Try to come up with new ideas or perspectives as it will always catch the attention of members or an examiner.
The initiator of the discussion earns the early points for the initiator’s role. The initiator holds the initial responsibility of starting the discussion on including others.
DO’S OF A GROUP DISCUSSION
- Listen to others
- Maintain eye contact
- Speak clearly
- Disagree politely
- Allow others to express their views
- Try to back your points with facts and figures.
DON’TS OF A GROUP DISCUSSION
- Do not get personal or emotional
- Never exhibit ego
- Do not argue or shout
- Do not dominate the discussion
- Do not elaborate all the point
So keep in mind some few points before facing a group discussion and try to end a group discussion with a similar conclusion.