Do's and Don'ts of Group
Be as natural as possible.
Do not try and be someone you are not. Be yourself.
A group discussion is your chance to be more vocal. The
evaluator wants to hear you speak.
Take time to organize your thoughts. Think of what you
are going to say.
Seek clarification if you have any doubts regarding the
Don't start speaking until you have clearly understood
and analyzed the subject.
Work out various strategies to help you make an entry:
initiate the discussion or agree with someone else's
point and then move onto express your views.
Opening the discussion is not the only way of gaining
attention and recognition. If you do not give valuable
insights during the discussion, all your efforts of
initiating the discussion will be in vain.
Your body language says a lot about you - your gestures
and mannerisms are more likely to reflect your attitude
than what you say.
Language skills are important only to the effect as to
how you get your points across clearly and fluently.
Be assertive not dominating; try to maintain a balanced
tone in your discussion and analysis.
Don't lose your cool if anyone says anything you object
to. The key is to stay objective: Don't take the
Always be polite: Try to avoid using extreme phrases
like: 'I strongly object' or 'I disagree'. Instead try
phrases like: 'I would like to share my views on...' or
'One difference between your point and mine...' or "I
beg to differ with you" Ch etanaS
Brush up on your leadership skills; motivate the other
members of the team to speak (this surely does not mean
that the only thing that you do in the GD is to say "let
us hear what the young lady with the blue scarf has to
say," or "Raghu, let us hear your views" - Essentially
be subtle), and listen to their views. Be receptive to
opinions and do not be abrasive or aggressive.
If you have a group of like-minded friends, you can have
a mock group discussion where you can learn from each
other through giving and receiving feedback.
Apart from the above points, the panel will also judge
team members for their alertness and presence of mind,
problem-solving abilities, ability to work as a team
without alienating certain members, and creativity.