In any good Business School group discussion is a part of the selection process for joining MBA course. The Group Discussion usually termed as GD is followed by a personal interview, few Business Schools keep GD as an elimination round while few Business Schools test MBA aspirants in both GD & Personal Interview (PI) and announce the results.
Your success or failure in the selection process has a lot to do with your performance in GD. When a group of people are asked to discuss on a particular topic or incident the conversion between them becomes a group discussion. A topic could be on anything usually business schools assign topics on a random basis and pretty hard to predict what they can ask, in general all topics are usually based on the current events.
Don’t be surprised if a topic is given on Twitter or Facebook. GD topics will never be on sensitive matters like caste & religion however topics related to economy can be given.
Here are few do’s & don’t s in a GD
- Look at the person while they are speaking
- Maintain eye contact & talk to all group members not just to one person
- What ever you talk should be audible to the entire group & panelists
- Listen & understand what others are speaking
- Your participation should go like a conversation and inline with the discussion that is happening
- Take a chance to initiate the discussion
- Take a chance and conclude the discussion
- Be creative and propose a solution if a problem is being discussed
The above suggestions may seem hard to implement but practicing regularly can help. Be as cool as possible and dress according to your comfort.
- Don’t bring in sensitive issues
- Don’t point your finger at anyone
- If you have to disagree with a participant in your GD tell this gently
- Don’t loose your temper be cool
- Avoid looking at panelists every now and then
- Don’t be disappointed if you couldn’t initiate the discussion, only one person can start so chill
- Avoid bring in unnecessary statistics
Rest assured you should rock in your Group Discussion!
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