Preparation tips for Group Discussion
As you fill up a form for admission to an MBA institute or hear that a good company is coming to your college for campus recruitment, you think about the group discussion that you will have to clear to reach the next round of Personal Interview. Here are the answers to the questions you might have at this stage:Why do companies or institutes conduct Group Discussion?
Companies or institutes conduct GD to find out the intelligent and smart candidates who have a sound knowledge and personal skills to handle any situation. What traits do they look for in a candidate during the Group Discussion?
During the GD the candidates are evaluated for the following traits:
How should I prepare for the Group Discussion?
- Knowledge base.
- Alertness and presence of mind
- Listening Skills
- Team Skills
- Goal Orientation
Your preparation for GD has to be broken down into two parts:
Subject knowledge: Your subject knowledge during the GD can’t be replaced by anything else. Read voraciously on all subjects to have good ideas. Following could be your sources of information:
- News Papers
- News Portals
As you read, keep taking down the points on different subjects.
Developing soft skills: Along side your subject knowledge you will have to develop your soft skills to carry yourself out properly during the GD. This needs a work on your communication skills, listening skills, body gestures. How do I improve my communication skills?
Good communication would ensure that you are able to put across your ideas in a short time during the limited time. It will also ensure that the group remains supportive to you.
To improve your communication skills, read books on communication and general subjects. This will improve your vocabulary and give you ideas to speak effectively. Pick up good phrases and use them in your day to day discussion with friends and colleagues. Be polite in your conversation and let the other person finish speaking before you take up. Disagreeing politely is an art which you must have. You can use phrases like:
I am sorry but I think I disagree with you a bit here, I have a slightly different opinion here, you have a good point but I think there’s another facet also to it.
Read loudly at times to make your pronunciation and voice clear.Can I speak in a regional language during the Group Discussion?
No. In a GD you are expected to speak in English only.