How to answer a Group Discussion question?

Group Discussion or commonly known as GD for short is often included as part of the interview process these days, and often as part of exams. In the GD round, the interviewees or students are often divided into groups of 5 to 12 and are given a controversial topic to discuss. Since, the topics are given just a few minutes before the group discussion starts, there I no way to actually prepare for the group discussion, so how do you answer the GD question.

Firstly, don’t get flustered or nervous, be confident. No matter what you are saying, say it with confidence. This is one of the most important things. Secondly, you should have some knowledge about current topics and more importantly, and you should have some opinions on it as well.

Technically, answering a Group Discussion question is quite easy. You just state your opinions on the given topic. It doesn’t matter whether you agree with it the topic or not. The trick is to state your points clearly, without getting hyper or arguing with the other person. Most people seem to think that having a discussion and arguing are the same things, however that is not the case, and this is one of the things that the interviewers will be looking for.

So, in short, be confident, be clear, don’t shout or argue, state your points, look like you know what you are talking about and effectively negate and counter other people’s points. Perhaps, answering a Group Discussion question is not quite that easy after all, but don’t worry as long as your participate and make a few points, you’ll do fine. The target here is to stand out from the rest of the people in the group. As long as you are able to grab the attention of the coordinators, then you’ve achieved your task.

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