Best GD Skills | Skills that save Group Discussions

Best GD Skills | Skills that save Group Discussions

You would think the point of Group Discussions is to get good marks from the hiring managers. Stop. Now. Seriously!

A brief history of Group Discussions:

A Group Discussion is the oldest form of dialogue. It can be found in every culture. In India, a special space was built at every temple called Mandapams or Gyana Mandapas. Scholars congregated at these spaces to discuss various issues.

The core philosophy and the goal of a Group Discussion is to understand various facets of the same topic from different people’s perspective. India has always been a society where plurality and diversity of thought was encouraged.

In a Group Discussion, a topic must be looked at from every perspective without any bias. A Group Discussion is a space where free-thinking is key. Where opposing opinions are welcomed and sought.

What is the point of a Group Discussion?

Unlike a debate or a seminar where a person tries to prove that they are right, a Group Discussion is not about your opinion, your self-importance or your badly inflated ego. The point of a Group Discussion is to understand others’ perspectives like you understand your own.

You need to do a balancing act of seeing others’ perspective, being flexible and open to modify your own ideas if needed. This is how every successful company operates. By opting for the better idea instead of “your” idea.

A Group Discussion lets an employer identify who can shine through in a bunch of people. It tests your individual charisma, assertiveness, flexibility and your willingness to let others in the team also shine.

GD: Importance of communication skills:

Why would anyone check your communication skills before hiring you? Think about it. If your job description does not require you to be a communication expert, then why are all the screening rounds and selection procedures wrought with GDs, JAMs, and rounds that test your communication?

Example: Use simple language and explain concepts clearly so that it is easily understood by all. You actually get negative marks for using jargon in an attempt to show off your knowledge.

Every candidate’s communication is assessed in terms of their clarity of thought, expression, and aptness of language usage. These skills are what the hiring managers test, not your grammar and phonetics.

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Group Discussions and Emotional Intelligence:

When you are employed in an office, you must work as a part of a team.

  1. You need to listen to your boss or manager and understand the requirement.
  2. You will work alongside your colleagues and teammates.
  3. You must get work done from employees who work under you.

All of these seem simple, but they got nothing to do with your speed or talent of working. It takes common sense and emotional intelligence to be a part of a conflict-free team.

Group Discussions clearly bring out your qualities. There is little you can do to control your natural self as the process is organic.

Attitudes that ruin GD

Most people open their mouths to dominate and become the star of the show. In an attempt to appear as the hero of the Group Discussion and in desperation to get attention from the hiring manager, candidates make mistakes.

Let us be very clear: A GD is more about the team spirit and less about how you dominate others. At the end of a discussion, you will be assessed on how you heard others, respected conflicting opinions while maintaining integrity towards your own opinions.

The point of a Group Discussion is arriving at a consensus after considering everyone’s opinions. Don’t fade into the back ground. But, don’t dominate others. It’s about being confident and in the right attitude.

Emotional maturity and balance promotes good interpersonal relationships. The person has to be more people-centric and less self-centered.

How to save your GD performance?

1. Listening in a Group Discussion:

One key aspect is listening. It indicates a willingness to accommodate others’ views. It can show that you are stable, level headed, confident and quite aware of the arguments being made.

You will be closely watched for your interrupting patterns. Always let others finish and chime- in at the appropriate timing. Active listening is an essential skill. Active listening is acquired with attention and understanding ideas and facts.

Some candidates get so involved in their opinions that they don’t listen to others. They raise their voices and hush others to silence too aggressively. Apologize whenever you need to cut in. Acknowledge other people’s opinions.

2. Understanding others during GD:

The other side of listening is understanding. Communication skills are extremely essential in today’s competitive environment. A good communicator should be able to receive information as intended.

Good communication skills help to clearly exchange ideas and avoid misunderstandings. Communication skill is not just about speaking fluently in English. It is also about understanding the intent of others correctly.

GD: Negotiating Contradictions

A GD will put your skills of negotiation on display. Interpersonal skills are reflected in the ability of an individual to interact with other members of the group in a brief situation while discussing opposing views.

GD Tips for Interpersonel skills: Remain cool even when someone provokes you with personal comments, remain objective, empathize, be non-threatening and display team player traits. Avoiding professional glitches in a team is very crucial.

While accommodating someone else’s point of view, you should be able to effectively communicate your contradicting view too. Without overtly bothering about hurting the other person.

3. Leadership skill in GD:

Ability to take leadership roles and ability to lead, inspire and carry the team along to help them achieve group’s objectives.

Initiate the group discussion, connect different points expressed by the group, gently pull in silent candidates into the discussion. A true leader helps everyone in their team achieve their personal best.

All these show initiative. This is the topmost leadership skill. A leader is focused on the team’s performance rather than being egoistic about their own opinions.

4. Importance of Analytical skill in Group Discussions:

Despite all the niceness and goodness of attitude you display, you may be rejected if you don’t have anything impressive about what you say. Your intelligence must be reflected in how you process information and speak about it.

Don’t be afraid to think of novel solutions. This is a high- risk high-return strategy. If the content of your speech is extraordinary and out of the box, you need not strive hard to dominate others. The idea will speak for itself.

The ability to come out with divergent and offbeat solutions and using one’s creativity are unmistakably winning skills. Your ability to stay on topic, analyze and persuade others to see the problem from multiple perspectives requires great intelligence and presence of mind.

Listening Skills in Group Discussions:

We can’t overemphasize the importance of Listening Skills in a GD. It is the winning skill out of all those we listed out. So, read more about its benefits and practice listening!

  1.  Listening in a group discussion helps to give new ideas.
  2.  Listening helps to not jump to conclusions.
  3.  Good listening will avoid aggression because you know what the other person says.
  4.  Listening will help learn something new.
  5.  Listening in a group motivates the environment.
  6.  Good listening skills in a group discussion can help you notice flaws in what others speak.
  7.  Listening will help you comprehend what the other team member speaks even if the topic is not well known.
  8.  Listening keeps you aware and alert.
  9.  If you listen, teammates in the group will listen to you.

All India Jobs wishes you all the best!

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