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    Group Discussion Tips

    The GD is an excellent platform for you to showcase your communication skills & ability to be a team player.Never assume that the GD has not begun because a topic has not been selected. Every word you speak in the GD room is on the record.

    Pretend like it's real
    Pretending like it's a real meeting will automatically make you more alert and less prone to making mistakes during the GD.

    Treat everyone with respect
    An important attribute you will be judged on is whether you are a team player or not. Be polite when dealing with opposing points of view.Try to explain with logical reasons why a person is incorrect, no matter how outrageous his line of reasoning is. Also, never ever tell someone that he is wrong. Use softer phrases like 'That's interesting but another point of view would be...' or 'That's true in some cases but I would also like to point out that...'

    Don't panic
    The point you were just trying to make was just stolen. The person next to you is shouting down everything you're saying. Relax. The panel judging you looks at how well you can deal with people and situations.

    Take a deep breath, compose yourself, think of another point and jump back into the discussion like nothing happened.

    Get plenty of practice
    The more GDs you practice, the better you get.You can refine your style of speaking as well as your thought process with the aid of practice GDs. Practicing GDs also makes you adept at handling different types of situations and ensures that you're on top of your game when it counts.

    Body language is important
    While it is important to look alert during a GD, concentrating on how you look rather than on how you talk will only hamper your chances.

    Ensure that you do the basics of sitting up straight, looking everyone in the eye while speaking and not being too animated (e.g. waving your arms wildly about).

    Apart from that, make a genuine effort to listen to people. This will wipe that bored expression off your face, and also stop you from twiddling your pen and staring at your shoes.

    Don't be scared to start
    Do not hesitate to be the first one to speak, if you feel that everyone has taken sufficient time to think during the GD.

    The panel appreciates leadership skills. At the same time, don't just say any old thing. Be prepared with a coherent opening statement, don't ramble, and never, ever summarize the topic given to you or start off with sentences like "Dear Friends, we are gathered here at the GD..."

    Practice role-play
    For case GDs, practice writing down the names of the concerned parties and writing points from their points of view.
    This will help you gain a clearer understanding of the problem and help you channel your thoughts better.

    Think before you speak
    Needless to say, there is no sense in shouting down someone only to blurt out half a sentence. This creates a bad impression.

    Mentally prepare at least a couple of sentences that you want to say. If someone cuts you off and prevents you from saying everything you wanted to, hey, at least you tried.

    The panel will appreciate the effort. Also, concentrate on only one point at a time. Don't try and touch on multiple points during a single foray into the GD, as chances are that not only will the second point not be heard, it will also be stolen by someone else.

    Conclution
    You can open your mouth just twice during a GD and end up looking like the best candidate in the room, or make 15 points and still find yourself on the list of rejects. There are no set rules that can be framed about the number of times you should speak.

    Go with the flow, and do what you feel comfortable doing.

    Quality and not quantity is what the panel is looking for. (Applicable to IBF also...)

    Remember though, that to get some points you need to speak at least a couple of times.

    Sister thread: Interview Tips

    My next thread in this trilogy will on "Tips for preparing the Resume".
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    God bless you for creating such threads , Rameshjeee !!!

    PS: sorry, still can't rep u

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    very good article indeed ... thanks rameshjee .. reps for u...

    ooops... why cant i rep u?? its showing "u must spread some reputation around before giving it to rameshjee again" ... i cannot understand this

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    Quote Originally Posted by saurav_kataruka View Post
    very good article indeed ... thanks rameshjee .. reps for u...

    ooops... why cant i rep u?? its showing "u must spread some reputation around before giving it to rameshjee again" ... i cannot understand this
    You can give repo to the same person after giving it to a specified number of users.

    @ Ramesh

    Yet another great work from you.
    How much time did you take up in writing this article??
    I usually take up about 15-40 min depending upon the amount of thought I need to apply..
    And, how do you think of the points?
    You get them just while writing the article???

    I'm really curious to know...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhaneshv View Post
    Yet another great work from you.
    How much time did you take up in writing this article??
    I usually take up about 15-40 min depending upon the amount of thought I need to apply..
    And, how do you think of the points?
    You get them just while writing the article???

    I'm really curious to know...
    Once i decide about a topic to write an article, then i start accumulating ideas (in my mind) about it.this lasts for few days. Once I think that I have enough ideas,thoughts.Then I vomit all those thoughts on to MS Word/Notepad. Then I start editing,like removing irrelevant things all. All these vomiting,editing formating takes around 30 min to 1 hr.

    I was cleaning my room last week,& I found some notes, notes on how to prepare for an interview/GD...I had prepared these when I was hunting for a job (i.e. three year before)..some of them were prepared while I was preparing for the CAT..

    Then I thought y not post these stuff in IBF,it might be useful to others.
    So this is how I came up with this Tips trilogy: Resume, GD & Interview.

    I read a lot of articles on newspaper & on internet.Sometimes I also have discussion with my friends on various topics.These thing help in gaining ideas,thoughts...But the important thing is to keep good things in mind & to flush away bad things.
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    Really good one.
    keep posting ramesh.

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    thnk jee....for posting such a useful piece of info....!!! yep these r very imp things.....!!1 i remember using such info n discussin it wid frens when i got thru for my MBA & for JOB Hunting tooo....!!!

    For me, i love to b a part of GD's.....basically discussing things is fun n lot of info as well.....specially on to kno other person's view points......
    Dont count wat u lost, cherish wat u ve & plan wat to gain...coz past neva returns but future may return the lost! Think-Decide-Act!!!!

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    Good work, Rameshjee.
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    Good job Ramesh, I still remember those horrifying days when I was preparing for GDs, but tell you guys once you attend one or two GDs you feel that, its nothing, but do keep the point which Ramesh in your mind. and hopefully you'll succeed in every GD.

    @Ramesh, sorry can't repo you now

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rameshjeee View Post
    Once i decide about a topic to write an article, then i start accumulating ideas (in my mind) about it.this lasts for few days. Once I think that I have enough ideas,thoughts.Then I vomit all those thoughts on to MS Word/Notepad. Then I start editing,like removing irrelevant things all. All these vomiting,editing formating takes around 30 min to 1 hr.

    I was cleaning my room last week,& I found some notes, notes on how to prepare for an interview/GD...I had prepared these when I was hunting for a job (i.e. three year before)..some of them were prepared while I was preparing for the CAT..

    Then I thought y not post these stuff in IBF,it might be useful to others.
    So this is how I came up with this Tips trilogy: Resume, GD & Interview.

    I read a lot of articles on newspaper & on internet.Sometimes I also have discussion with my friends on various topics.These thing help in gaining ideas,thoughts...But the important thing is to keep good things in mind & to flush away bad things.
    Thanks man!!!
    For sharing your way of doing it.....
    And don't forget to take my repo...

    Repo for you friend...

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    Thanks for such a great article!!

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