Group Discussion Qualities

Car­ry­ing along from the first arti­cle, we would go through the var­i­ous aspects of Group Dis­cus­sion in this arti­cle. Hope, this arti­cle proves to be as infor­ma­tive as the pre­vi­ous one.

To com­mence with I would like to point out that the panel is look­ing at you every minute. The onus is on you, to make them notice you for as long as pos­si­ble. Let us see few aspects which inter­play with each other.

Abil­ity to work in a team

The catch in the whole work­ing envi­ron­ment is you should be notice­able even if you are work­ing as a group. The group vis­i­bil­ity and the indi­vid­ual vis­i­bil­ity go a long way in ascer­tain­ing anyone’s pos­i­tive force. Remem­ber the other can­di­dates are not your ene­mies, though they are still com­pet­ing, they are help­ing you to find a solu­tion by being a part of the team. This would prob­a­bly be the most chal­leng­ing team, where every­one is on his own-maybe that’s why pit­ting you in the most dif­fi­cult ever group imag­in­able to test your abil­ity to work in a team via the GD. As I men­tioned ear­lier, you should do well also your team should. After all you would work in a group invari­ably in some point of time.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills

We have been under­play­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills till now because it would already be at the back of everyone’s mind. I would just re-iterate the oft repeated quote– Flashy vocab­u­lary has no place in spo­ken world. Words should com­mu­ni­cate your ideas. I would leave the topic for it can span a whole arti­cle (May be we will get to it in another write)

group discussion

group dis­cus­sion

Lead­er­ship skills

When we started with the write, we touched upon the fact that a group of can­di­dates are bun­dled into a lead­er­less unit. There is a spe­cific rea­son for such a struc­ture. The lead­er­ship skills vis-à-vis try­ing to steer the dis­cus­sion along in our case is rated high on the wanted list of exam­in­ers. A dis­cus­sion such as this often has the ten­dency to fall apart from its bound­aries. A leader is needed to keep things under con­trol, to proac­tively act­ing towards a con­struc­tive aim. Lead­er­ship qual­i­ties come as a part of men­tal being rather than requir­ing extra efforts.

Rea­son­ing ability

A GD is bound to throw up ques­tions from all quar­ters. Valid, insight­ful ques­tions always force the move. A clear log­i­cal answer comes from the rea­son­ing abil­ity of the can­di­date. For rea­son­ing it out the can­di­date must be lis­ten­ing care­fully and should have ide­ally under­stood the con­text of the ques­tion. The answer should ide­ally be based on the con­text of the ques­tion fol­lowed by an accept­able exam­ple. In com­pe­ti­tions as this where can­di­dates try to tear apart each oth­ers from a bar­rage of ques­tions, rea­son­ing abil­ity would come in handy to steady the storm. Also be pre­pared with all facts for any of the claims you make.

In the next episode we would look into the remain­ing aspects. Also we would jot down a few last minute steps.

Car­ry­ing along from the first arti­cle, we would go through the var­i­ous aspects of Group Dis­cus­sion in this arti­cle. Hope, this arti­cle proves to be as infor­ma­tive as the pre­vi­ous one.

To com­mence with I would like to point out that the panel is look­ing at you every minute. The onus is on you, to make them notice you for as long as pos­si­ble. Let us see few aspects which inter­play with each other.

Abil­ity to work in a team

The catch in the whole work­ing envi­ron­ment is you should be notice­able even if you are work­ing as a group. The group vis­i­bil­ity and the indi­vid­ual vis­i­bil­ity go a long way in ascer­tain­ing anyone’s pos­i­tive force. Remem­ber the other can­di­dates are not your ene­mies, though they are still com­pet­ing, they are help­ing you to find a solu­tion by being a part of the team. This would prob­a­bly be the most chal­leng­ing team, where every­one is on his own-maybe that’s why pit­ting you in the most dif­fi­cult ever group imag­in­able to test your abil­ity to work in a team via the GD. As I men­tioned ear­lier, you should do well also your team should. After all you would work in a group invari­ably in some point of time.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills

We have been under­play­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills till now because it would already be at the back of everyone’s mind. I would just re-iterate the oft repeated quote– Flashy vocab­u­lary has no place in spo­ken world. Words should com­mu­ni­cate your ideas. I would leave the topic for it can span a whole arti­cle (May be we will get to it in another write)

Lead­er­ship skills

When we started with the write, we touched upon the fact that a group of can­di­dates are bun­dled into a lead­er­less unit. There is a spe­cific rea­son for such a struc­ture. The lead­er­ship skills vis-à-vis try­ing to steer the dis­cus­sion along in our case is rated high on the wanted list of exam­in­ers. A dis­cus­sion such as this often has the ten­dency to fall apart from its bound­aries. A leader is needed to keep things under con­trol, to proac­tively act­ing towards a con­struc­tive aim. Lead­er­ship qual­i­ties come as a part of men­tal being rather than requir­ing extra efforts.

Rea­son­ing ability

A GD is bound to throw up ques­tions from all quar­ters. Valid, insight­ful ques­tions always force the move. A clear log­i­cal answer comes from the rea­son­ing abil­ity of the can­di­date. For rea­son­ing it out the can­di­date must be lis­ten­ing care­fully and should have ide­ally under­stood the con­text of the ques­tion. The answer should ide­ally be based on the con­text of the ques­tion fol­lowed by an accept­able exam­ple. In com­pe­ti­tions as this where can­di­dates try to tear apart each oth­ers from a bar­rage of ques­tions, rea­son­ing abil­ity would come in handy to steady the storm. Also be pre­pared with all facts for any of the claims you make.

In the next episode we would look into the remain­ing aspects. Also we would jot down a few last minute steps.

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