Tips to prepare yourself to participate in Group Discussion

Read to know how you can participate effectively on Group Discussion. Group Discussions are being employed in various sectors of interview panels. These are platforms where an individuals skills on communications are tested and how does he/she employ their strategies in bringing forth their views or points.

Generally Group Discussions are becoming a part of interview sessions today making a interviewer to select the right candidate for their organisation where they would have limited seats. It is not only the platform to showcase their talent in speaking skills but also their analytical skills, problem solving skills and leadership qualities.

It is also a platform where the interviewer will be able to judge the candidate whether he/she updates themselves and have in-depth knowledge on it.

Structure of Group Discussion

A group of 10 to 20 candidates will be judged by a panel of judges along with a Moderator. A topic is wither presented on a blackboard or verbally communicated. The Moderator, who could be also be a judge, would convene the Group discussion ensuring for its discipline, time limit of 20 to 30 minutes, guide through out for being on track.

The topics are mostly on current affairs, social issues come up recently, industry related problem, event at world scenario, etc. After a 5 minute allowance to think about the topic, a candidate will have initiate the talk. Others will be allowed to speak in continuity or against it. No matter what it is, the topic flow will be carefully monitored by the panel for its relevance and how is it handled.

Tips to prepare for effective Group Discussion

Below are some tips for grooming before participation.

  1. Be well aware of the current trends and affairs. Prepare for it before hand and do your homework.

  2. Be aware of the industry or organisations missions, accomplishments, future goals, challenges.

  3. Grab an opportunity and speak out loudly and clearly.

  4. Do not say you 'agree' or 'disagree' with a persons views, but present your views precisely.

  5. Listen attentively so that a point is not repeated or missed out. If not explained properly by the other speaker, you could express the same in your way.

  6. Try to make eye contact with the others speaking and not on Moderator.

  7. Try to express your point in your view point as you will be judged for it.

  8. Speaking with confidence and sensibly will be considered as one of a good leadership quality.

  9. You could also summarise the points if you find the discussion is about to end.

  10. Group discussions are judged by their communication skill and their level of confidence.

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