Be as natural as possible. Do not try and be
someone you are not. Be yourself.
A group discussion is your chance to be more
vocal. The evaluator wants to hear you speak.
Take time to organize your thoughts. Think of
what you are going to say.
Seek clarification if you have any doubts
regarding the subject.
Don't start speaking until you have clearly
understood and analyzed the subject.
Work out various strategies to help you make
an entry: initiate the discussion or agree with someone else's
point and then move onto express your views.
Opening the discussion is not the only way of
gaining attention and recognition. If you do not give valuable
insights during the discussion, all your efforts of initiating
the discussion will be in vain.
Your body language says a lot about you -
your gestures and mannerisms are more likely to reflect your
attitude than what you say.
Language skills are important only to the
effect as to how you get your points across clearly and
Be assertive not dominating; try to maintain
a balanced tone in your discussion and analysis.
Don't lose your cool if anyone says anything
you object to. The key is to stay objective: Don't take the
Always be polite: Try to avoid using extreme
phrases like: `I strongly object' or `I disagree'. Instead try
phrases like: `I would like to share my views on…' or `One
difference between your point and mine…' or "I beg to
differ with you"
Brush up on your leadership skills; motivate
the other members of the team to speak (this surely does not
mean that the only thing that you do in the GD is to say
"let us hear what the young lady with the blue scarf has to
say," or "Raghu, let us hear your views" -
Essentially be subtle), and listen to their views. Be receptive
to others' opinions and do not be abrasive or aggressive.
If you have a group of like-minded friends,
you can have a mock group discussion where you can learn from
each other through giving and receiving feedback.
Apart from the above points, the panel will
also judge team members for their alertness and presence of
mind, problem-solving abilities, ability to work as a team
without alienating certain members, and creativity.