Tips on Facing Group Discussion for MBA Admission
So, you have gone through weeks of training for the group discussion (GD) rounds, read all the news and know the latest stats like the back of your hand. What next? When the day for your GD dawns, there are many things you may ignore and even underestimate.
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We have made a step-by-step checklist of things you must keep in mind before facing the big day that could seal your fate.
How to face a GD
- Dress Well
Whoever said "Don't judge a book by its cover", was wrong to a certain extent. Agreed, appearances shouldn't matter, but it's important to look well-groomed while presenting yourself. It is not superficial; it is an indication of your respect for yourself, the effort you put into presenting yourself and how seriously you're taking the GD round. Wear formal clothes and shoes, comb your hair neatly and, as cringing as this might sound, make sure you put on some deodorant/ perfume.
Also read: 5 Skills you need to clear any Group Discussion
- Maintain a Positive Body Language & Attitude
Never under-estimate the importance of these non-verbal communication gestures. The panelists sitting in front of you have sharp observation skills and will pick even the smallest signal that may indicate that your confidence is plummeting. Sit straight, make eye contact with everyone in the room and show interest in the discussion through your hand gestures and posture.
- Initiate the Discussion
Once you know the topic of the GD and if you feel confident about the topic, try and be the first person to speak. Flagging off the discussion itself will earn you points and attention. However, do not speak if you don't have any knowledge about the topic; it will work against you.
- Speak Concisely & Clearly
Just because you have learnt all the words in the dictionary doesn't mean you have to use them all. In a GD, time is precious and so don't ramble away jargon. Use simple words and make sure your opinion on the topic is the hero and not your vocabulary. Most importantly, say something only if you have something to add to the discussion, even if this means speaking less.
- Respect other Speakers
While it's the game of the survival of the fittest, you don't have to be rude and over aggressive. At any cost, do not cut anyone whilst they are speaking. Use that time to think of more points and make mental/written notes. Also, pay close attention to what your opponents speak so you can quote them and use them as a build-up to your opinions. This would also exhibit your listening skills, earning your brownie points!