Almost all major MBA entrance exams have concluded. However, clearing a written exam is only half the battle won. If your aim is to study in one of the top MBA colleges in India then your odds of getting successful will be dependent on your performance in personality assessment rounds like group discussion and personal interview. All major b-schools in India, for instance, IIMs, IIFT, SIBM, and many more, have extensive group discussion rounds. So now is the time to ace your GD skills. Consecutively, a preparation for the GD is something, which cannot be done in a fixed period.
The group discussion round is generally the second part of the admission process, which is conducted as a personality assessment. It helps the interviewer decode the psyche and evaluate the analysis of a particular situation known to an individual. Therefore, the performance in a GD is critical to your chances of getting through the screening process. Consequently, it is important that the candidates adopt a well-defined strategy to ace this round. By adopting, a long-term strategy, continuous reading habits, and self-confidence, you can crack even the toughest of the GDs.
Here are some basic, yet crucial group discussion tips that may assist you during the actual GD round.
1. An In-depth knowledge of Current Affairs
An in-depth knowledge of current affairs is necessary. In most cases, the GD topics are generally chosen from current affairs. The candidates who have excellent reading habits are likelier to perform better. Additionally, you are advised to keep tab on all the developments of national or international importance. Rarely, you will come across a GD where current affairs aren’t given predominance. Moreover, a good knowledge of current affairs will help you develop a strong knowledge base.
Start reading newspapers and magazines regularly and never skip topics of prime importance.
2. Make your Presence Felt
There is a famous saying, “Your first impression is your last impression”. A good and assertive first impression will leave a positive dent on your panellist as well as assessor’s minds. In most GDs you will get only limited opportunities, so make your presence felt. Additionally, speak only after you have analysed your topic. If you come across a topic you are clueless than it will be wiser if you listen and observe others, before expressing your opinion.
3. Quality matters in a Group Discussion
The fight between quality and quantity is never ending. What’s worse is, most people believe, what they lack in quality can be compensated by quantity. No! There is no substitute for quality. A well-spoken, precise point of view will be more assertive than an ambiguous 10-minute long statement. The panel assessing you will evaluate your performance on the quality of your opinion. Further, to prove your quality, don’t undermine anyone else’s point of view. Avoid dominating your peers; rather try to build a consensus. This will reflect positively on your leadership skills. A successful manager is one who thrives working along a team.
4. Avoid Unnecessary Show off
Nobody likes an excessively assertive person. To leave a lasting impression, it is important that you exercise restraint. Further, avoid quoting too many facts and figures. The purpose of the GD round is not to test your knowledge of the subject, but to evaluate your ability to analyse a given situation. An unnecessarily assertive person will exhibit an impression of a person with limited people skills and will come out as a bad team player. Also, show-off will sound as a signal of insecurity and part of a negative body language.
5. Avoid Emotional Outbursts
An emotionally charged person will be inclined to deviate from the subject of the debate and present their weaker side to the assessor. Nobody wants an emotionally charged person to lead his or her organisation. Treat the discussion as a forum to air your views on a topic. Personal jibes will cost you dearly. Avoid a reaction, if you feel offended by anyone’s opinion or point of view. Choose the forum to press your views or analysis. A personal feud with anyone will not take you anywhere substantial.
Eventually, a group discussion comprises of 8-10 candidates speaking on a specific topic or analysing a situation. Thus, you may get only one chance to express your opinions; use it wisely to express your knowledge base. After all, your chances of studying in your dream institution depend on it.