Group discussions for campus placements are used by recruiters to note a variety of skills of the students that cannot be seen in the other rounds. Firstly, you have to speak. There is no way around that in the group discussion.
When it comes to the topics, they are either abstract, based on general knowledge or technical. Technical topics are very rarely given. Abstract topics are set to test the spontaneous on-the-fly thinking ability of the students. You can prepare for the General Knowledge topics by staying up to date with the latest news in our country and around the world.
The skills recruiters usually look for are leadership, communication skills, logical thinking, conflict resolution, and teamwork.
- Practice your speaking skills beforehand. You can do this by finding someone to practice with, read aloud, watch English movies and shows or surround yourself with the English language.
- When the GD starts, take the time given to jot down notes on the topic with a notepad and pen.
- Make sure you catch the attention of the moderator and the other students somewhere in the beginning. Starting the group discussion will help make an impression on the moderators. You must start only if you know the topic well.
- If you cannot start, let a few others speak and then make your point. This way you can understand the topic if you don’t already and also give good points later.
- Talk clearly and confidently. Ensure that your thoughts are properly conveyed.
- Maintain eye contact with others.
- Listening is important. Let others speak.
- Be open-minded and respect others views.
- You can hold your ground and support your view. Do not be aggressive when doing so. Make sure you put your point across but do it without raising your voice or getting angry.
- Quality matters more than quantity. Avoid repeating the same points just to talk for a longer amount of time.
- Try to be positive in your talking.
- Do not stray from the topic. If you notice it happening, bring the discussion back to the main topic given to your group. This will give you a chance to show your leadership skills.
- Don’t let it be a one-on-one discussion. You must be able to interact with the group well.
- If you don’t have any points to make at all, summarize what was said after a few people talk. Ending a group discussion is as important as starting one.