How to present yourself during campus Group Discussion
Firstly you should know why Group Discussion (GD) is conducted? The main focus of a Group Discussion is to judge your ability to deal and work with groups, your presence of mind and your articulation of thoughts. Being a part of the campus placement process, Group Discussion is a tool used by companies to evaluate prospective employees first hand and see how they perform when placed under stress.
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Right posture, clear voice and ideal gestures are important as each of these have the potential to bring the spotlight on you during the discussion. In a GD, you are expected to express your viewpoint and highlight the supporting facts. At the same time, you are evaluated on the basis of your knowledge, personality, communication and most importantly, your leadership skills.
Initiate the group discussion only when you understood the Group Discussion topic clearly and have some topic knowledge. Speaking without proper subject knowledge is a bad impression. Displaying initiative skills and giving a direction to the discussion shows the responsibility and leadership skills one possesses. To prove that you are a good leader, you should try to keep the discussion alive and to the point at all times.
Body language, appearance and eye-contact are three parameters that speak of your personality before you actually speak in a discussion. Your facial expressions and overall gestures are judged as these reflect on your personality, your confidence and anxiety levels.
Do not interrupt:
Allow others to speak, do not interrupt anyone in-between while speaking. Even if you don’t agree with his/her thoughts do not snatch their chance to speak. Instead, make some notes and clear the points when it’s your turn.
Your ability to judge the situation and develop logical arguments is what distinguishes you from the others. Bringing relevant content to the table is of vitally important and regular reading of the newspapers and other relevant magazines is what will help you prepare.
To be able to analyze the given situation in a systematic and comprehensive manner is what constitutes logical thinking. In order to impress the panel with your thinking abilities, you should always try to stay within the bounds of the topic and not mention facts or information which is irrelevant.
You are judged on ability to interact with other group members. The main focus is on your language fluency, grammar, vocabulary, and your ability to listen and understand other member’s viewpoints.
Always remember that communication, is a two-way process and it is important to be a good listener along with being a good speaker. Listening skills in a GD is as important as delivering a speech and presenting your views. It will not only help you get new ideas but also help in noticing the flaws in what others are speaking. An active listener is comparatively more attentive and focused than those who do not listen but wait for their turn to jump to the conclusion.
Voice modulation is and always be the decisive key to lead a GD. You must know when to speak, pause and continue proving your points. Be yourself and make you express yourself clearly. Do not allow yourself to be overshadowed by others. try to introduce new points and streams of thoughts in the discussion, as these bring attention to you and showcase you in a positive light.
You should summarize all the points discussed in a Group Discussion, in a nutshell. While concluding a GD, avoid raising new points. Do not emphasize on your individual viewpoint while summarizing a GD. Keep the conclusion of a GD concise. While summarizing a GD, include all important points that came out during the group discussion. Keeping a track of the time is very crucial while making a closing argument. You should neither conclude the GD in a very short time nor stretch the conclusion very long.