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A Group discussion (GD) is a simulated exercise, where you cannot suddenly put up a show, since the evaluators will see through you easily. In this page you can find tips on GD and how to handle them to ensure a positive outcome. Group discussion is a useful tool to ascertain qualities and many organizations use GD as a selection tool along with Personal Interviews, aptitude tests etc.

A GD is an activity where
* Groups of 8-10 candidates are formed into a leaderless group, and are given a specific situation to analyse and discuss within a given time limit, which may vary between twenty minutes and forty-five minutes, or
* They may be given a case study and asked to come out with a solution for a problem
* They may be given a topic and are asked to discuss the same GD is a test of your ability to think, your analytical capabilities and your ability to make your point in a team-based environment . Group Discussion basically means searching your team player, leadership, communication capability. Preparing for a Group Discussion: While GD reflects the inherent qualities of an individual, appearing for it unprepared may not augur well for you.

These tips would help you prepare for GDs: Reading:
* This is the first and the most crucial step in preparation.
* This is a never ending process and the more you read, the better you are in your thoughts.
* While you may read anything to everything, you must ensure that you are in good touch with current affairs, the debates and hot topics of discussion and also with the latest in the IT and ITES industry.
* Chances are the topics would be around these. Read both for the thoughts as well as for data.
* Also read multiple view points on the same topic and then create your point of view with rationale. Also create answers for counter arguments for your point of view.
* The electronic media also will be of good use here. Mocks:
* Create an informal GD group and meet regularly to discuss and exchange feedback. This is the best way to prepare.
* This would give you a good idea about your thoughts and how well can you convince.
* Remember, it is important that you are able to express your thoughts well.
* The better you perform in these mocks the better would be you chances to perform on the final day.
* Also try to interact and participate in other GD groups.
* This will develop in you a skill to discuss with unknown people as well. Here are some of the most important personality traits that a candidate should possess to do well at a Group Discussion:

1. Team Player
B-Schools lay great emphasis on this parameter because it is essential for managers to be team players. The reason: Managers always work in teams. At the beginning of his career, a manager works as a team member. And, later, as a team leader. Management aspirants who lack team skills cannot be good managers.

2. Reasoning Ability
Reasoning ability plays an important role while expressing your opinions or ideas at a Group Discussion. For example, an opinion like 'Reduction in IIMs' fees will affect quality' can be better stated by demonstrating your reasoning ability and completing the missing links between fees and quality

3. Leadership
There are three types of situations that can arise in a Group Discussion:
* A Group Discussion where participants are unable to establish a proper rapport and do not speak much.
* A Group Discussion where participants get emotionally charged and the Group Discussion gets chaotic.
* A Group Discussion where participants discuss the topic assertively by touching on all its nuances and try to reach the objective.
* Here, a leader would be someone who facilitates the third situation at a Group Discussion.

A leader would have the following qualities:
* She/he shows direction to the group whenever group moves away from the topic.
* She/he coordinates the effort of the different team members in the Group Discussion.
* She/he contributes to the Group Discussion at regular intervals with valuable insights.
* She/he also inspires and motivates team members to express their views. Caution: Being a mere coordinator in a Group Discussion does not help, because it is a secondary role. Contribute to the Group Discussion with your ideas and opinions, but also try and steer the conversation towards a goal.


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