What is Group Discussion and its Importance

The concept of Group Discussion has not been a part of the regular academic curriculum in Colleges and Universities. So, students usually face a lot of problem in this area of the Selection Process. Let us first understand why Group Discussion is conducted.

Most organizations today are very clear about the skills and knowledge that they look for in a candidate while screening. This was not the case a couple of years ago. Group Discussion has been a part of the Selection process for admission into most of the top Business Schools

Earlier, some of the Pharmaceutical Companies like Ranbaxy, Glaxo, Cipla, Lupin, etc used to conduct Group Discussions as a part of their Screening Process for Selection of candidates as Medical Representatives. Most of the other companies also used to conduct GD while selecting candidates for marketing related Posts. Today, almost every company, (including TCS, SATYAM, WIPRO, INFOSYS, INFOTECH, ORACLE, CTS, CANBAY, POLARIS, etc) both IT and non-IT has GD as part of their Selection Process.

The skills that are usually assessed in a Group Discussion are:

  • Communication Skills
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Leadership Skills
  • Motivational Skills
  • Team Building Skills
  • Tolerance to Ambiguity
  • Divergent Thinking
  • Listening skills
  • Presentation Skills
  • Analytical / Logical skills

So, it’s important to assess your current strengths in all these areas and accordingly put efforts to strenthen your weaknesses.

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2 Responses to "What is Group Discussion and its Importance"

    1. Hi I am not sure if you want to know instructions on how to conduct a GD? Or you wanna know what tips should be actively followed in a group discussion. Well I am sharing a few points which will help …
      You should know what skills are judged in group discussion?
      1. How good you are at communication with others.
      2. How you behave and interact with group.
      3. How open minded are you.
      4. Your listening skill.
      5. How you put forward your views.
      6. Your leadership and decision making skills.
      7. Your analysis skill and subject knowledge.
      8. Problem solving and critical thinking skill.
      9. Your attitude and confidence.

      hope this helps !

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