Group discussion



—  It refers to the situation where a particular number of people (three to eight) meet face to face and through free oral interaction, originate, share and discuss ideas to arrive at a decision or solution to a problem.

—  Group discussions are used for decision-making and problem solving.

—  They are also used widely as a personality test for evaluating several candidates simultaneously.


Categories of Group Discussion


Organizational group discussions

Group discussions as a part of a selection process.

Qualities  looked for in GD’s

    • Knowledge
    • Communication skills
    • Group behaviour
    • Leadership potential

Strategies  for  GD’s

You should have a complete grasp of the subject knowledge and be adept in the art of positive argument and also be a persuasive communicator. Secondly, you should attempt to resolve the Contradiction, paving the way for an effective consensus and thus carry the participants with you. Above all, your contribution should be meaningful. It is the quality or relevant talk that matters and not the frequent interruptions and long winding and loud talk.

It is important for you to make sure the group is stimulated. One of the things you will want to focus on is choosing the right people to participate in the discussion. In most cases, this will be the task of the moderator.

If you assume the de facto leadership of the group, you may meet with stiff resistance from other members. Hence you have to be extremely careful and assess your support in the group and then take up the role of a leader.

Suppose, as an opening speaker, you don’t speak sensibly, you will get the undivided attention of the evaluators to your flaws and pitfalls. Hence speaking first. is fraught with high-risk and high-gain consequences. Finally, your grade depends not only on your verbal communication but nonverbal skills as well. Your body language like expressions, eye contact and movement of your hand is sure to fetch a favourable score.

It is also important to make sure you never judge people based on their appearance. This is a mistake that can be made by the leader as well as the other members. Often, the appearance of a person will not have an effect on their ability to contribute to the discussion. In addition to appearance, an emphasis should also not be placed on the educational background of the participants. Just because a member does not have advanced degrees is not a sign that they are not valuable. Obviously, the ideal group discussion will be composed of people who are educated and attractive. However, fantasy and reality are two different things, and these attributes are not crucially relevant in a group discussion.

Everything should be organized and prepared. A lack of organization will convey a bad message to the other members, and this is something you will want to avoid. If the members of the group need to be organized for the discussion, it is important for you to let them know this beforehand. If you don’t communicate with them effectively, it can cause a number of problems.



Body sport for  group  Discussion

 Body language plays a major role in group discussions and personal interviews. Certain inappropriate gestures can spoil the image of a person even if they are highly talented and capable. Here are some body language tips to keep in mind while attending a group discussion and an interview:

  • Maintain appropriate eye contact with everyone while you are speaking. You should not neglect anyone and avoid looking at the ceiling and floor, as it signifies lack of confidence.
  • Do not sit with crossed legs or arms. This indicates lack of respect and exhibits that you are not ready to accept other people’s viewpoints.
  • Control your expressions. If you get angry or sad, do not let your emotions show on your face. Do not smile or laugh unnecessarily.
  • Do not continuously shuffle or shift your legs. Constant movement of your legs shows impatience and lack of interest.
  • Be comfortable. Sit in a straight and attentive position, but be comfortable.
  • Maintain your tone. Try to talk in a calm and composed manner, which indicates that you are confident.
  • Control your hands. Avoid excessive hand movements such as scratching or playing with a pen.





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