Nowadays Group Discussion is being extensively used along with personal interviews for the final selection of candidates. It plays a main role in selecting the best among the best. Having scored high marks, students who get selected for a higher/another course or employment are placed on a par – on equal footing – based on their age, qualification and experience. It becomes necessary to conduct further screening for choosing a few among many. It is here, the Group Discussion plays an important part. It helps in choosing the socially suitable candidate among the academically superior achievers. It is one of the best tools to study the behavioral and attitudinal responses of the participants.
Rightly speaking, Group Discussion is more a technique than a conventional test. In fact it is one of the most important and popular techniques being used in a number of personality tests. It is a technique or a method used for screening candidates as well as testing their potential. It is also designed as a situation test wherein a sample of a candidate’s group worthiness and potential as a worker comes out quite explicitly.
Features Of Group Discussion :-
1.Group Discussion, as the name itself indicates, is a group activity carried out by participating individuals. It is an exchange of ideas among the individuals of a group on a specific topic.
2 It is used as reliable, testing device – mainly as a tool to assess all the candidates in a group at one go -in order to select the best in comparative perspective.
3.Group Discussion is an informal discussion in which participants of the same educational standard discuss a topic of current interest.
4.It is also known as leaderless discussion. It means its aim is to find out the natural leadership level of the candidates. Strictly speaking, no one from the group or outside will be officially designated as leader or president or chairman or anything of the sort. Even the examiner or supervisor who launches the discussion will retire to the background. No one will participate or intervene in the deliberations of the group.
Tips on Group Discussion:-
1)Adequate matter/ Subject matter is essential.
2) Make Sure you Read Widely.
3) Choose Magazines that are Rich in Content.
4) Be Aware of Topics that are Repeated.
5) Work on your Communication Skills.
6) Listen to the Topic Given During GD Carefully.
7) Try and Maintain a Balance in your Tone.
8) Listening Skills are Essential: Carefully listen to what others have to say.
9) Body Gestures are very Important.
10) Be the first and also the Last to Speak.