Strategies to Excel in a Group Discussion

Have you ever wondered what the is key to standing out in a group discussion? Especially when there is a competition or if you have applied for a job that has a group discussion round or if you wanted to join an NGO and they had not one, but two rounds of GD. If you have ever wondered what the purpose of these discussions were and how they choose their right candidate, this article will definitely answer all you need to know about GDs and clever strategies that help you perform better.

What is the Purpose of GDs?

A group discussion is a process to filter candidates depending on the one soft skill- communication. To do so, a group of random people are brought together and a topic is given for discussion with a limited time period of 3-5 minutes. While you are discussing, the supervisors check for your body language, your enthusiasm, your participation and the way you interact with your fellow team members. It doesn’t matter if you know about the topic, but whether or not you’re willing to invest any relevant ideas you have and your confidence.

Companies are looking for candidates who are equipped with social skills as well as a sight for performance. They want people who can manage themselves while managing other perspectives to ultimately draw conclusions and achieve the task. So, a group discussion has the capacity to give a glimpse into these characteristics of an applicant.

Strategies to perform better in a GD

  • Take Initiative

Taking an initiative is indicative of taking charge of duties. You can demonstrate your spirit of leadership beginning from re- reading the topic so that all your group members are clear about the topic at hand. You can encourage the group members to share at least one idea each, and also add your own. You can also take up the responsibility of summarising and sharing your group ideas at the time of presentation.

  • Focus

Do not defer from the job at hand. Contribute relevant ideas by judging the importance and the reality of the facts that are being contributed to the discussion

  • New strategies

A sure- shot way to score more points is by employing different methods to facilitate the discussions. For example, mind mapping during discussion, or presenting your ideas in the form of a skit or brainstorming as though the situation applies to you in reality and thus, bringing various perspectives in an otherwise single seamless direction.

  • Team Work

Ensure that you do not interrupt a speaker or dominate in the process of trying to be a leader. Remember that everyone has as much potential as you have. Appreciate a good point and give credit. You can also choose to take everyone’s points and give your discussion a structure. You can invite another group member along with you to present your topic.

  • Win- win approach

Know your strengths. The topic provided for a GD is a general challenge or a problem for which you need to analyse factors and give solutions. If your strengths lie in oration, come forward and ask for the chance to present. If your skills are deft at analysis and logic, take the responsibility to bring structure to your chaotic discussion or give a structure to the method of discussion. If your strengths lie in conflict resolution, pave your way in when there are disagreements. If you are good at all, contribute in all areas but also give everyone their fair chance. Ultimately, make sure that your team stands out.