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10 Important Tips to crack Group Discussion (GD)

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Group Discussion is a crucial step in any selection process, be it for an MBA course, campus recruitment or for any graduate/post graduate degree. The selection committee conducts GD to assess whether the candidate has certain personality traits and/or skills that it desires in its members. The group discussion is not merely to impress the conductor but putting forth your firm beliefs.

Normally groups of 8-10 candidates are formed into a leaderless group, and are given a specific situation to analyse and discuss within a given time limit. The group may be given a Case Study and asked to come out with a solution for a problem.

Skills tested in Group Discussion :

1. Communication Skills

2. Ability to work in a team.

3. Flexibility.

4. Listening skill.

5. How you put forward your views.

6. Leadership skills .

7. Your analysis skill and subject knowledge.

8. Problem solving and critical thinking skill.

9. Your attitude and confidence.

10. Decision making skills.


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    deepa mittal
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    Deepa MittalWed, 10 Mar 2010 08:40:12 -0000

    Here are some important tips to crack GD:

    1. Keep eye contact while speaking.

    You are expected to discuss among group members, so always look at your group members while you are speaking. Do not look at the panel while speaking.

    2. Initiate the GD.

    3. Allow others to speak.

    Do not interrupt anyone in-between while speaking. Even if you don’t agree with his/her thoughts give them a chance to present their views. Instead make some notes and clear the points when it’s your turn.

    4. Speak Clearly.

    Everyone should be able to hear what you are saying.

    5. Make sure to bring the discussion on track.

    If by any means group is distracting from the topic or goal then simply take initiative to bring the discussion on the track.

    6. 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.

    7. If you need to interrupt someone who is speaking, it is always important to interject their conversation in a nice way.

    Some groups may require you to raise your hand and be called upon before you can comment on a statement or idea.

    8. Don't take the discussion personally.

    9. You need to be assertive.

    10. Be as natural as possible and don’t try to be someone you are not.

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    Anoop PradeepFri, 20 May 2011 10:52:13 -0000

    Thanks.Those are great points

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    shivam jaisawalMon, 15 Mar 2010 12:11:23 -0000

    How can I prepare for GD?

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    Deepa MittalMon, 15 Mar 2010 12:13:29 -0000

    1. Reading

    Read as much as you can particularly on current affairs, the debates and hot topics of discussion and also keep in touch with the latest in the IT and ITES industry. Read both for the thoughts as well as for data. Also read multiple view points on the same topic and then create your point of view with rationale. Also create answers for counter arguments for your point of view.

    Reading newspaper is a great way to increase your knowledge. The more knowledge you will have, the better you would be able to perform.

    2. Watching News is a great way to prepare for GD.

    3. Practice, practice and practice.

    Create an informal GD group and meet regularly to discuss and exchange feedback. This is the best way to prepare. This would give you a good idea about your thoughts and how well can you convince. Remember, it is important that you are able to express your thoughts well. The better you perform in these mocks the better would be you chances to perform on the final day. Also, try to interact and participate in other GD groups. You will also learn to discuss with unknown people as well.

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    Rashmi SahaMon, 15 Mar 2010 13:35:01 -0000

    If I am not able to initiate the GD, what should I do to improve my scores?

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    Deepa MittalMon, 15 Mar 2010 13:36:58 -0000
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    Deepa MittalMon, 15 Mar 2010 13:38:00 -0000

    If you have not been able to initiate the discussion, try to summaries and close it. Good summarizing would get you good reward points. A conclusion is where the whole group decides in favor or against the topic and most GDs do not have a closure.You should avoid discussing new points when summarizing a discussion. Every GD can be summarized by putting forth what the group has discussed in a nutshell. You should not mention your viewpoint. You should include all the important points discussed during the GD.

    Make eye contact with all the members in the group and be patient. Don't get upset if anyone says anything you object to. Stay objective and don't take the discussion personally.Avoid looking at the panelists while speaking.

    You should avoid taking the role of

    Aggressive participant

    Dominator

    Attacker

    Patronizer

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    josiah christopher davidsonWed, 02 Feb 2011 08:25:50 -0000

    I have a competition on G.D what are the frequently asked topics on U.G leval

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    juhi41Mon, 22 Aug 2011 04:04:14 -0000

    is it really important to initiate the g.d before others do???

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    Pankaj_ShrivastavThu, 10 May 2012 02:10:47 -0000

    To Crack G.D and really wants to be successive so do find the topic to follow:
    Punctuality: Its always good to be in time, so that you will be familiar to the environment. And it will reduce your stress and make you comfortable with other participants.
    Impromptu introduction: Very often moderators ask the participants to introduce themselves, introduction should be very spontaneous. As such introductions are impromptu, many fumbles or think and proceed. That gives a negative impression to the moderators and participants as well.
    Be smart towards moderator: In some cases, if you don't know about the topic going to discussed, you should behave smart as if you know about this topic. Listen carefully till 3-4 participants discuss about the topic, and later you join them.
    First impression is last impression: It always a added advantage to start the discussion, but if you thorough about the topic and confident then only you should start. Otherwise a bad start gives you a negative impression.
    GD Vs Debate: Many participants tried to emphasize their own opinion, and tried to make it towards unilateral. Such things can be in Debate, but in case of Group Discussion everyone should participate and take a chance to carry forward the discussion.
    Assertiveness Vs aggression: Many having a misconception that corporate world is always looking for a aggressive manager. But the fact is that corporate world always looking for more assertive managers than aggressive one.
    Thinking yourself as leader: Leadership is a continuous process, it can be achieved in between 15 minutes group discussion, so better don't behave yourself as a leader. If you add values to the discussion by contributing knowledge and analytical ability and conduct yourself with dignity, you may emerge as a leader.
    Never try to replace moderator: Sometimes participants started behaving like the moderator by giving statements like 'we should allow everyone to speak' and 'we are diverting from our topic'. That's job of the moderator, never try to be yourself as the moderator.
    Let others talk: People who insist on talking a lot end up talking nonsense and repeating themselves. These students are prime candidates for rejection - no B-school wants to fill up its campus with people who don't let others talk.
    Good listener: Moderators always look for superior listening skills in candidates. Your body language and the content of your speech have to, therefore, demonstrate attentive listening.
    Respect all opinions: No two snowflakes the same. You should expect diverse responses from the participants; in fact it is this diversity that makes for a rich discussion. You need to be sensitive enough not to make comments that are likely to hurt the sentiments of any section or group of people.
    One-2-One arguments: A group discussion always involve the entire group, but students often indulge in parallel conversations with other members which end up not winning the argument and losing the opportunity to get selected.
    Never repeat the points: Always contribute valid and new points. It's not necessary to speak always; think, analyze and carry forward the discussion by saying new points.

    ……………..if in a G.D you r not getting to inturrupt….simple appreciate to speaker and grab to explain your thoughts and once your topic is completed offer apportunity to speak further…with repectively so in this case your professionality ll gets reflect…

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    laukik basankarMon, 27 Aug 2012 12:58:51 -0000

    now m in fy so how can i prepare fore all interviews rounds in ty

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    bhim-kumar-raiTue, 05 Mar 2013 12:42:11 -0000

    dear sir/madam i want to know while i am speaking in gd i get nervous ,what should i do for that?

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    nil ppThu, 15 Aug 2013 11:25:08 -0000

    thank u pankaj n deepa

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