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.
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)
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.
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.