Group Discussion – GD Topics – GD Tips – GD Do’s & Dont’s – Types Of GD
What is Group Discussion?
Group Discussion is a discussion among a group of people about a particular topic within a specific time. Group discussion is considered to be very effective selection procedure as the candidates are tested very precisely on a specific skill set which is required by a company.
Types Of GD Topics:
- Factual Topics.
- Controversial Topics.
- Abstract Topics.
- Case Study Topics.
Do’s And Dont’s Of Group Discussion:
Do’s for the participants:
- Keep each span of argument short but relevant and interesting.
- Speak in such a way that your arguments are intelligible to the other members of the group. Pronounce words correctly. Use simple and straight forward words. Avoid repetitions. Avoid lengthy sentences. Take minimum time to put forth your arguments.
- Give time for others to make their own contributions.
- Sum up the arguments at regular intervals, so that, further contri-bution may be made.
- Express your views rather slowly but firmly so that others can follow your line of argument.
- Be polite, friendly and acceptable to the other members of the group.
- Substantiate your views with suitable examples.
- Show confidence in your abilities.
Dont’s for the participants:
- Don’t speak loudly.
- Don’t adopt a negative attitude resulting in counter arguments with no positive contribution to the group discussion.
- Don’t look at the other members of the group rather casually and carelessly. In the Group Discu-ssion no member is supposed to be superior to another.
- Don’t wave your hands in emo-tional gestures or in desperation or in anger.
- Don’t talk too fast, otherwise, the other members will not be in a position to follow you or under-stand your arguments.
- Don’t be magnanimous and provide opportunities for others to speak. Don’t try to transfer your chances to others.
- Don’t be emotional and shout or thump on the table. Emotional outbursts destroy your equable temper and affect your coherence of thinking and expression.
- At the end, the leader must summarize and present his/her team’s recommendations.
Tips For Group Discussion:
Leadership qualities: Tips
- Taking initiative and starting the discussion.
- The ability to give a direction to the discussion
- Taking the rest of the group along.
- Listening well and summing up the discussion at different stages and facilitating further discu-ssion for more light.
- Highlighting the main points presented by different parti-cipants and summing up to give a cohesive look to the group so that all stand on one platform.
Knowledge of the subject:
- Presentation of details in support of main points.
- Error-free presentation of basic facts, avoiding doubtful quant-itative figures and numbers.
- The use of arguments relevant to the topic
- Examples and illustrations offered
- Logical and effective prese-ntation
Clarity of thought :
- Identification of main points
- Abandonment of inessential minor points
Conviction and flexibility:
- The strong stand taken by the candidates.
- The flexibility in the approach which helps the participant change or revise his ideas, if necessary.