Group Discussion is not just a process where ideas and opinions are debated upon, it is a process where the panel tries to gauge the personality and attitude of the candidate in addition to evaluating their knowledge in the topic of discussion and communication skills.
Here are 10 tips to help you perform well in group discussion:
- Talk clearly and audibly: The other members in the group discussion should be able to hear you clearly. Please note that talking audibly does not mean shouting, just make sure that all the members are able to hear you clearly without any difficulty.
- Be polite and assertive: Speak in an assertive manner but be polite in how you present your views.
- Contribute relevant and thoughtful arguments: Make sure that what you say is very relevant to the topic given and try to stick to the topic.
- Be concise and clear: Talking too much will not make you a favourite of the panelists. Be clear in what you are trying to convey and convey it in a concise manner.
- Prepare for topics which get repeated in group discussions: There will be a few topics which would be trending at the time when you are about to take your group discussion. Prepare for those topics.
- Be up-to-date on current affairs: It is very probable that you may get a current affairs topic in your group discussion. So be up-to-date on current affairs and read a lot of books.
- Listen: Listening is a very essential skill to excel in group discussions. Listen to the topic carefully, understand it well; listen to your team member's arguments, respond appropriately. Listening is the first step to contributing valuable arguments in a group discussion.
- Mind your body language: Fidgeting is a sign of nervousness while sitting in a relaxed position shows the panelists that you are confident. Keep a tab on your body language throughout the group discussion process.
- Try to initiate/conclude the discussion: Initiating and concluding a discussion play a vital role in exhibiting your leadership and communication skills to the panelists. Again, be sure to initiate/conclude only if you are clear on the topic and have a valuable point to convey.
- Don't take the discussion personally: If another team member conveys a point which is against what you spoke earlier, do not argue or use profanities. Keep calm and put your point across in a polite manner.