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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.

Know Everything about Group Discussion

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group dis­cus­sion

It is that time of year when stu­dents look take Group Dis­cus­sion (here­after, we will call it as GD) in their stride as a part of admis­sion process. GD as it is com­monly termed as, is often treated like an insur­mount­able myth to many, while it still is a cake piece for many. Through this series of arti­cles we would look into approach­ing GD with a fresher approach. Remem­ber orig­i­nal­ity and insights will always fetch you brownie points in a GD.

Before we begin to see how roles inter­play in GD, let’s under­stand the objec­tive and the out­come of such an exer­cise. Nor­mally 8 – 10 can­di­dates are grouped into a lead­er­less unit. They are given a spe­cific sit­u­a­tion (case study, topic etc) to ana­lyze and dis­cuss amongst them. A panel judges you by your par­tic­i­pa­tion in the whole process. What pos­si­bly can be the eval­u­a­tion cri­te­ria? Why the groups why not an extempore?

From exam­in­ers per­spec­tive, they are look­ing to take the right can­di­dates. Note that Right Can­di­date is the oper­a­tive word here. If we can under­stand what a right can­di­date should con­sti­tute we would go a long way in actu­ally ful­fill­ing it. The panel is look­ing to check for peo­ple who can think on issues with a cut­ting insight not only to tear it open but also pro­vide a solu­tion to it. More often than not, the sec­ond part of the argu­ment “pro­vide a solu­tion” is ignored by many stu­dents. Dis­sect­ing a prob­lem which has no solu­tion is like dig­ging up a dead end– FUTILE!

We are con­stantly liv­ing in a world of pro­gres­sive per­cep­tions. Every­one is form­ing per­cep­tion about the other by their traits. Often, the basis of this per­cep­tion is how peo­ple think. Speech always should com­mu­ni­cate how you think. But due to var­i­ous lan­guage bar­ri­ers aris­ing out of non-nativity, social back­ground etc words fail to por­tray the thoughts. Remem­ber GD is all about how do you think and por­tray it. GD is not a speech or debate to check your pre­pared­ness, it’s about think­ing aloud.

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group dis­cus­sion snapshot

Few more things before we move along. Con­trary to the ordi­nary belief a GD group is care­fully pre­pared in most cases. It tables around can­di­dates of var­i­ous back­grounds and var­i­ous think­ing cul­tures. Remem­ber you are unique with respect to the back­ground you hail from-connect to it. Some­times you can directly cite exam­ples from your life whilst at other times you can draw a par­al­lel to your daily lives. Think out of the box, out of the crowd! With this under­stand­ing we are ready to dig deeper into var­i­ous nuances of GD.

If we jot down the points to be taken care of based on the pre­vi­ous premise, we would find the fol­low­ing aspects:

  • Abil­ity to work in a team
  • Com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills
  • Lead­er­ship skills
  • Rea­son­ing ability
  • Look­ing to take initiatives
  • Assertive­ness
  • Cre­ativ­ity
  • Flex­i­bil­ity
  • Abil­ity to think and act independently

We will look into each of these points in detail in the next arti­cle with a focus on under­stand­ing the exam­in­ers requirements.

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