For months you are trained extensively to crack that entrance test. You practice over and over to get into the top percentile. But rarely do you get t
For months you are trained extensively to crack that entrance test. You practice over and over to get into the top percentile. But rarely do you get the same amount of practice for group discussions and personal interviews. How do you get past this hurdle? Well, in our last blog we talked about how prepping for the D-day is a piece of cake, if you are confident. In this blog, we take you through some do’s and don’ts for the Group Discussion round.
MUST DO’s :
- Initiate the discussion – Remember if you are the person who initiates the GD, it automatically leaves a good first impression. But ensure that you are well aware of the topic and confident to speak. Otherwise, it can backfire on you.
- Keep eye contact with others – Always keep eye contact with the other team members. After all, they are the ones you are talking to, right?
- Let others speak – It is a good practice to let others finish their point before jumping in with your thoughts. It shows that you are ready to listen to others as well.
- Steer the discussion if going astray – In case the group is distracted from the main topic, bring them back on track so that a conclusion can be arrived at.
- Be mindful of your posture – Ensure that you sit properly, straight and confident.
The DON’TS :
- Don’t speak randomly – You have very a limited scope to make an impression. So if you choose to speak, ensure that your thoughts are planned and to the point.
- Don’t be aggressive – Don’t try to overpower your team members or use a dominating tone.
- Don’t show a lack of attention – You have to be interested in what others are speaking. It will help you structure your thoughts and come up with points to put forth.
- Don’t fold your arms or cross your legs – It is a general tendency to do so. But it is imperative to avoid it. Plus, it’s just for the next 10-15 minutes!
- Don’t look at the panel while making a point – Your team members are the people you should be addressing, not the panel. They are mere spectators to your arguments.
Well, there you go! We hope you are eager to ace the group discussion rounds for your admissions.
Wish you all the very best!