Tips and tricks to excel in a Group Discussion
Group Discussions (GD) are a popular tactic that companies use to pinpoint potential candidates and to week out the one they are not interested. GDs allow the moderators to view up to 5 to 12 candidate at the same time, thus saving time and effort on behalf of the interviewers. Think of GDs as group interviews, where they will be able to see how confident you are, how knowledgeable you are about current topics, and how well you can think on your feet. They will also pay attention
Hence, it is of vast importance that you do well in a Group Discussion; because if you do not, then you will not be asked back for an interview and you can kiss this job goodbye. Here are some tips and tricks that should hopefully help you excel in a Group Discussion:
- Keep your calm
- Don’t raise your voice
- Don’t argue
- Be confident about the point you are making
- If you are confident enough, start the GD, i.e. be the first to speak
- Do try to include facts and statistics that support your argument
- Try to use examples to support your point
- Be assertive, yet humble.
- Be short and to the point
- Don’t make lengthy or irrelevant points.
- Make good points that add value to the topic
- Do not say something just for the sake of saying something.
- Don’t repeat a point.
- Listen to the points that others are making
- Be present
- Sit straight and in a confident posture.
- Be courteous to other participants
- Don’t cut off or talk over other participants
- If someone else is deviating from the point, gently bring the conversation back on point.
- If you are concluding, briefly summarize all of the points made.
- Most importantly, Be Yourself!
Even if you don’t do all of these things, it’s okay. The end target is to make an impression on the moderators. As long as you stand out and have gotten their attention, they should be interested enough to at least call you back for an interview.