How to crack Group Discussion | Do’s and Dont’s for a Group Discussion

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Group Discussion is a group activity organized by companies to determine whether the candidate has certain personality traits and/or skills which can benefit their organization in one way or another. It is used as one of the best phenomena to select the prospective candidates in a competitive environment. To crack group discussion, candidates need to prepare and should have some important points in mind before entering into the room.

Why colleges and companies conduct Group Discussions?

Group discussion is a modern method of evaluating candidate’s personality. Group of 6 to 12 candidates is formed and is given a specific situation or topic to analyze and discuss within a given time limit, which may vary between 10 – 20 minutes. They may even be given a case study and asked to come out with a solution for a problem or they may be given a topic and are asked to discuss the same.

Apart from core skills of a subject, candidates are needed to be assessed on various personality traits which an organization might require for a profile.

The personality traits that are judged in a Group Discussion include

  • Team skills: Behaviour and interaction with group
  • Initiative: Eager to take initiatives
  • Reasoning Ability: Rational behind presenting an opinion
  • Creativity/Out of the box thinking
  • Leadership and decision making skill
  • Ability to inspire: Analytical skills and subject knowledge
  • Listening: Handling other’s opinion
  • Assertiveness and Attitude
  • Awareness: Eagerness to learn consistently

Do’s for a Group Discussion

Whenever a candidate is part of a Group Discussion, there are some important points which are needed to be considered.

  •  Speak presently and politely to the group.
  •  Think about your contribution before you speak.
  •  How best can you answer the question/contribute to the topic?
  •  Respect the contribution of everyone.
  •  Initiate the GD only when you are clear about the topic and have compiled enough points beforehand to lead the conversation.
  •  Remember that a discussion is not an argument.
  •  Learn to disagree politely.
  •  Try to stick to the discussion topic. Don’t introduce irrelevant information.
  •  Be aware of your body language when you are speaking.
  •  Agree with and acknowledge that you find interesting.
  •  When given an opportunity to open or summarize take the lead and stick to the task.

Dont’s for a Group Discussion

  • Don’t lose your temper.Don’t shout.Use a moderate tone and medium pitch
    don’t use too many gestures when you speak. Gestures like finger pointing and table thumping can appear aggressive.
  • Don’t dominate the discussion.Confident speakers should allow quieter students a chance to contribute.
  • Don’t draw too much on personal experience an anecdote. Although some may suggest that candidate should reflect on their own experience, remember not to generalize it.
  • No need to go in depth for some exact figures every time until and unless its required.
  • Don’t interrupt. Wait for a speaker to finish what they are saying before you speak.
    Address the group and not to panel of judges. Also, avoid side discussions with neighbours, remember it is a ‘Group’ Discussion.

Group Discussion Example 

Pink Pajama on the top of the Red Fort

An abstract topic to judge creative skill and out of box thinking. The key will be to decode each word of the topic and put up relevant points in the discussion.

Pink: Woman love pink, represents them. Now pink seems to be a color even men are comfortable with.

Pyjama: Comfortable, casual look

Top: On 15th Aug PM addresses the nation from the Red Fort.

Red Fort: Symbol of Statehood, Democracy, Mughal era-symbol of pride, Netaji Subhash Chander Bose came up wi a h slogan “Delhi Chalo”.

  1. Woman generally like pink color. Everybody feels comfortable in pajamas.Red Fort is a place where prime minister addresses the nation.
    Meaning ” a woman who is /was very comfortable playing important role(or say prime minister role”
  2. Indira Gandhi – How strong she was as a prime minister
  3. Petticoat Government during the Mughal Era
  4. Growing power and importance of woman in India who stand by themselves, take their own decisions & are independent & strong like the Red Fort.
  5. Women Empowerment.
  6. Red Fort – PM of India hosts the Indian National Flag.Symbol of Indian Democracy.
    Pajama – Sign of mockery of Nationalism
    Pink Color  – We have often seen the majority of the office files are pink in color.Therefore, pink is a sign of bureaucrats and hence democracy(public opinion) is jeopardized and hence the mockery.
  7. Red Fort – One of the symbols of architecture in India- Our pride.Woman are beautiful like Red Fort and yet reaching all the heights in every sector like Kalpana Chawla, Indira Nooyi, Naina Lal Kidwai who are holding top posts in their own fields.
  8. Pink is subtle- its soft- a very comfortable and easy rule in the future-with everyone happy maybe end of a corrupt era-a farfetched, yet achievable dream in reality.
  9.  Pink is related to babies soft skin- hence the innocence.How the majestic red fort by flaring the pink pajamas inspire people to look in themselves, the small innocent child in them,which has conquered India’s capital building. Peace & innocence has captured the rule of India.
  10.  Relating to pink babies- all the people would have removed their masks and would actually be so honest and selfless that they wouldn’t have anything to hide