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What is Group Discussion?

Group is form by 6-10 Candidates for discussing and given a topic or a situation to discuss. Sometimes, group members are given five minutes to plan their stand before starting. Generally GD duration is 15-30 Minutes. It is a very useful tool to screen the candidate’s potential as well as their skills.Group discussions are popular assessment tools during interviews in many companies in India. Its a methodology used by an Indian organization to extract whether candidates has certain personality traits or skills that they want to be in its member.

Group Discussion Result and selection evaluate by an subject experts and authority based on facts end of the discussion. Group discussion activities help the assessors understand the candidate on any of these aspects:

Personality Skills

  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Leadership Skills
  • Motivational Skills
  • Team Building Skills
  • Analytical /Logical Skills
  • Reasoning ability
  • Initiative
  • Assertiveness
  • Creativity
  • Communication skills

Why GDs are implemented commonly

The institutes conduct round of Group discussion in their interview ad candidate selection process. Institute or organization can evaluate candidate technical and conceptual skill through written exam and PI. GD helps to get to know you as a person and gauge how well you will fit in their institute. GD evaluates how you can function as a part of a team. As a manager or as a member of an organization you will always be working in single teams to get best results and teamwork. Therefore how you interact in a team becomes an important criterion for your selection.  That is the reason why management institutes include GD as a component of the selection procedure.

Company’s Perspective:

Companies conduct group discussion mainly to know more about candidates:

  • Interactive Skills(how good you are at communication with other people)
  • Behavior (how open-minded are you in accepting views contrary to your own)
  • Participation (how good an active speaker you are & your attention to the discussion)
  • Contribution (how much importance do you give to the group objective as well as your own)

Aspects which make up a Group Discussion are:

  • Verbal Communication
  • Non-verbal behavior
  • Confirmation to norms
  • Decision making ability
  • Cooperation

You should try to be as true as possible to these aspects.

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