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Today we will discuss about the do’s and dont’s during group discussion. Before going ahead with the do’s and don’ts during group discussion, I would like to provide an extra information about the how does a HR conduct a group discussion.
Once the written test results are announced, the qualified candidates are generally formed into groups and a group discussion is conducted.
- A group size in the group discussion typically varies between 6 and 25.
- The time limit for a group discussion varies depending on the size of the group or the time available with the HR. Generally, the time period will be between 10 minutes – 25 minutes.
- The facilitator might ask the members of the group to select a group discussion topic or himself might announce a topic.
Now let’s get started with the do’s and don’ts during group discussion.
Do’s in Group Discussion
- Enter in to the group discussion room confidently.
- Please carry a pen and a paper/scribbling pad when you participate in a group discussion.
- Occupy your chair/seat silently.
- Sit comfortably (straight and confident) in the chair/seat.
- Have a pleasant smile on your face.
- Please understand the topic of the group discussion properly.
- Jot down your thoughts in an organized manner.
- If you are an initiator, please greet the group and mention your topic name before conveying your opinion.
- Maintain positive body language throughout the group discussion.
- The speaker should maintain eye contact with everyone in the group discussion and on the other hand the listener should look only at the speaker.
- Modulate your voice according to the size of the group, intensity of the point expressed.
- Speak for more number of times and also let others express their opinions.
- Speak only for 30 seconds every time you get a chance and speak clearly & completely.
- Speak relevant to the topic.
- Speak in a simple and lucid language.
- Control your emotions.
- Use quotations, proverbs, facts and figures according to the topic of the group discussion.
- Use one – liners such as I beg your pardon, I’m afraid to disagree with you, you are right and I have another opinion too, it can be put the other way etc.,
- Demonstrate leadership qualities throughout the group discussion.
- Be a good listener. Also bear it in mind that a good listener is always a good speaker.
- Be natural in your performance.
- Think out of box for abstract topics of group discussions.
- Please conclude the topic within the time allotted to your group discussion.
Do not’s in group discussion
- Never drag your chair/seat.
- Never disturb the seating formation.
- Do not slouch in the chair.
- Do not play with pen, pencil or the scribbling pad.
- Do not speak in a loud voice.
- Do not demonstrate aggressive body language like pointing fingers at the other participants, palm down gestures to control the group discussion.
- Do not speak for more time.
- Do not fidget with fingers, bite your nails, shake your legs or tap your feet.
- Do not directly oppose a member’s opinion.
- Do not crack jokes during the group discussion.
- Do not laugh big or giggle.
- Do not look down while you speak or while others are expressing their opinion.
- Do not look at the HR or facilitator of the GD.
- Do not bluff the group members and the HR with false information.
- Do not involve in a sub – group conversation during the discussion.
- Do not change your stance very often. Do not be a fickle minded person.
- Do not interrupt the speaker while expressing his/her opinion.
- Do not criticize any person, any religion, any national.
- Do not abruptly stop expressing your view.
- Do not involve in an argument with anyone during the group discussion.
- Do not address the participants with their names even though they are your friends.
- Do not moderate the group discussion excessively.
- Do not give a pre – mature conclusion.
This brings to an end the do’s and don’ts during group discussion.
A student who is well versed with these do’s and don’ts during group discussion, will surely make it through to the next round.
In the next article I will provide list of topics of the group discussion which are generally preferred by the MNC’s. Topics of group discussion will be followed by an article on how to create a perfect resume, CV & tips on writing a unique resume.
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