Tips to Ace Group Discussion- Do’s and Don’ts

Tips to Ace Group Discussion- Do’s and Don’ts

Importance of Group Discussion

Group Discussions (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI) are part of the standard selection processes for many competitive / entrance examinations. Group Discussion plays a pivotal role to get hold of the final appointment letter in any job selection process. No matter how good you perform in the written test, your final selection is solely based on rounds of Group Discussion and Personal Interview.

Students get apprehensive when it comes to take part in a GD. They have the notion of being judged when they speak in front of all. This happens because of lack of confidence and knowledge of proper GD decorum. Let us discuss some of the major do’s and don’ts which will help you ace a group discussion round:

Dos and Don’ts of participating in Group Discussion

Before participating in a Group Discussion, several questions haunt your mind. You want to know what actions and gestures can get you positive points and what can cost you the selection. Here’s a list of Dos and Don’ts while participating in GD-

Do’s and Don’ts of a Group Discussion

Dos of participating in a GD:

  • Listen to the subject carefully
  • Put down your thoughts on a paper
  • Initiate the discussion if you know the subject well
  • Listen to others if you don’t know the subject
  • Support you point with some facts and figures
  • Make short contribution of 25-30 seconds 3-4 times
  • Give others a chance to speak
  • Speak politely and pleasantly. Respect contribution from other members.
  • Disagree politely and agree with what is right.
  • Summarize the discussion if the group has not reached a conclusion.

Don’ts of participating in a Group Discussion

  • Initiate the discussion if you do not have sufficient knowledge about the given topic.
  • Over speak, intervene and snatch other’s chance to speak.
  • Argue and shout during the GD
  • Look at the evaluators or a particular group member
  • Talk irrelevant things and distract the discussion
  • Pose negative body gestures like touching the nose, leaning back on the chair, knocking the table with a pen etc.
  • Mention erratic statistics.
  • Display of gestures signifying low confidence levels.
  • Try to dominate the discussion
  • Put others in an embarrassing situation by asking them to speak if they don’t want.

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