Group Discussion tips you must know!

You must’ve heard of the popular saying “Where there is no struggle there is no strength”. We target to reach the zenith of success in our professional lives, the threshold of which is getting into that supposed “Dream Company”. Being chosen in reciprocation by the one company we choose for ourselves, is however a herculean task. Companies conduct grilling recruitment processes to spot the best fit candidate for their organization by judging capabilities of applicants on a plethora of well-defined parameters.

One of the most commonly observed (also the most dreaded) elimination rounds in recruitment processes is the Group Discussion.
If you’re one of those who find it difficult to make it through Group Discussions, worry not, for we’ve got your back with Group Discussion (GD) tips that can’t go wrong.

1. Body Language:
The first impression is often the last. Make sure you make a good one. While in a Group Discussion, follow the basics of sitting up straight, look everyone in the eye while making your point and listen attentively to others while they speak. Don’t be too animated (waving your arms frantically or making gestures that are loud). Also, NEVER twiddle with your pen or stare blankly at the ground when others in the group are talking. Look at them while they speak and show that you’re interested in what they have to contribute, even if you have to pretend.

2. Be courteous:
Remember that one of the key traits recruiters look for through Group Discussions is team spirit. Make sure you’re courteous to others in the group. Make your point but avoid cutting in when others are talking. Additionally, instead of using negative terms like “I disagree” or “That’s incorrect”, using milder forms of disagreement like “Adding another perspective to what you just contributed” or “Looking at it from another angle” not only display your positive personality, but also show that you’re good with teamwork. Petty deeds like thanking the recruiters while exiting the GD leave a great impact. So make the most of them.

3. Don’t give up:
The point you thought would make you stand out just got stolen. The guy sitting on your right is screaming his lungs out. You feel you’re losing control of the situation. Do not panic. The panelists can see how you react to tense circumstances like these. Hence, relax. Breathe. Compose yourself. And jump right into the Group Discussion with a new point, like nothing happened. Remember, that this is the only chance you get to prove yourself. Do or die trying.

4. Content:
While it is important for you to make substantial number of points to leave a mark on the panelists, it is equally important that you talk sense. Blabbering gibberish never fetches points. If you feel that you’re unaware of the topic, allow others to speak first. Take cue from what they have to offer and make your own points. Worst case scenario, rephrase what your group mates had to offer and present. If you feel you didn’t have much to contribute, summarize the discussion. Bottomline: Choose your words wisely.

5. Don’t be afraid to start:
If you are well versed with the topic announced and there is a lot you have to offer, pat yourself on the back (well, mentally). Jot down the key points and be the beginner of the group discussion. That way, you get an opportunity to lead the discussion, heading it to a meaningful point of your choice and convenience. Remember that well begun is half done!

6. Use Examples:
Using famous quotes or examples to back up your points in a group discussion will prompt panelists to keep note of your cognizance. Also, the use of statistical data to corroborate your view point fetches further brownie points. Thus, read well before you appear for a Group Discussion and use your knowledge to your benefit. It isn’t all that hard after all, is it?

7. Mock Group Discussion:
Participating in mock Group Discussions before the D-day will help you judge yourself vis-a-vis others of similar caliber and potential. Try to be a part of mock Group Discussions to open your thought process to diverse topics and make a mental note of your strengths and shortcomings. Try practicing overcoming pitfalls in front of a mirror. Trust me, it works wonders, almost every time.

8. Brush up your GK:
Some most common topics for group discussion are picked up from newspapers. Make sure you’re fully aware of whatever’s hot and happening in and around the country. If you haven’t been reading newspapers/ magazines regularly, browse through websites that could give you a quick overview of the latest happenings. General awareness is an important parameter to be judged in applicants. AmbitionBox is soon planning to do a post on common group discussion topics, that would help you a lot. Follow us to stay updated :)

9. Follow your heart:
Has it ever happened that you made 6 points in a Group Discussion and got rejected while your friend made just 2 and made it to the selection list. Happens often, right? This shows that no 2 Group Discussions are the same and you may not be able to gauge what the company is looking for. Hence, don’t believe your Group Discussion coaches when they off Group Discussion tips that command you to make at least 5 points to be noticed. No set rules can be framed about the number of times you open your mouth in a Group Discussion. Hence, go with the flow, follow your heart. Remember, eventually it is the quality that matters and not quantity.

10. Refer AmbitionBox.com:
In today’s age, there’s absolutely no information you cannot lay your hands own. Just like your best friend, Google, has answers to all your queries, websites like www.ambitionbox.com come to your rescue in times of distress. The website maintains a vast, company-specific database of authentic Group Discussion and interview experiences shared by interviewees to aid people like you ace selection processes. It offers Group Discussion tips from people who have been part of similar processes and hence it becomes very useful. You could also make use of practice questions available. Make the most of others’ past experiences to gauge what recruiters are really looking for. Be better prepared than others if you want the job!

Given below is a list for educative and interesting videos that will help you understand the Group Discussion (GD) tips shared in a better manner.
1. Check out this video that perfectly explains how to participate in a Group Discussion

2. Watch out for these commonly made mistakes in a Group Discussion!

3. Choose the role you wish to play in a Group Discussion, and choose it wisely.

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Rupal Singh

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Pursuing MBA with majors in Marketing from XIMB. Writing is my biggest passion and currently contribute as a blogger with AmbitionBox.