What is a group discussion?
The name “group discussion” itself reflects that it is made up of two words i.e. group and discussion. “GROUP” is something you must be familiar with. However, let me tell you it is a crowd of people assembled on a common platform to share their ideas. Not only do they share their ideas but also grasp others’ ideas as well.
Now, let’s come to another keyword which is “DISCUSSION”. Here, discussion means looking into a specific topic quite deeply. Participants or candidates are bound to examine the given topic thoroughly and then express themselves accordingly.
All in all, it has become an integral and inseparable part of the corporate world. Owing to cut-throat competition, various companies and organizations are incorporating this tactic to hire the best candidate. Consequently, if you are someone looking to establish yourself by getting a job, it is your cup of tea.
Besides that, group discussion plays a pivotal role in the evolution of a child.
Although, it isn’t necessarily important to be a student or an employee to participate in it. You can also become a part of it irrespective of your age, gender, or profession. When someone becomes a part of it, he/she can expect to learn a great many things.
Let’s take a moment to understand different types of group discussion:-
Commercial/Corporate Discussion – As a matter of fact, job seekers/aspirants have to go through this new normal called GD. At first, a candidate has to clear the written test and personal interview. After receiving a green signal from there, he/she is eligible to become a part of the discussions.
Why are “Group discussions” conducted?
Well, at present, organisations/Companies conduct gd to assess a candidate thoroughly and ensure that they are hiring the best among the best. There could be certain parameters on which organisations may judge you.
- Your self-esteem
- Communication Skills
- Interactive Skills
- Temperament and demeanor
- Your thought-process
- Listening Skills
- Your acceptance of the contrary views
- Your flexibility
Recruiters evaluate you based on the above-mentioned points. To check your versatility, a common topic is given to the candidates and they are expected to exchange their ideas on the given topic. Individual ideas may vary from person to person as we all are different with different thought-process and mentalities.
Seniors/Managers keep an eye on each candidate for how he answers, and how much he is good at interacting with others. These discussions are bound to test your mental toughness and your ability to stand out from the crowd.
Despite having plenty of knowledge, a majority of people fail to express themselves appropriately which results in their termination. It is important to realise that it is not only about understanding the topic and telling your answers, in fact, but it is also more than that.
You must know how to use appropriate thoughts at the right time. Convincing people and making them agree with your point is another important aspect. In another case, they evaluate your broadness and openness to varied ideas.
Academic sector- Given that, it can significantly affect a student in a very positive manner.
Students have been listening to their teachers daily. However, when they attend a GD, they tend to listen to the perspective of fellow students which could be something novel and attractive to them.
In another case, they get opportunities to ask questions and come up with their ideas. By doing so, a student becomes confident and full of desire. Let’s have a look at some of the skills a student needs to hone:-
- Encourages practical thinking
- Instill a student with self-confidence
- Develops self-interest and self-desire to study
- Enhances communication skills
- Reduces the phobia of facing the crowd
- Develops social skills in a child
- Maximizes critical thinking
For a child who is shy, becoming a part of gd could be fruitful for his self-being. He gets the opportunity to narrate his answers before other students. Initially, it could be a daunting task for a few students. But, once you speak and try to overcome your fear of facing the crowd, you will become super-confident the next time.
When a schoolchild listens to his fellow students, he learns a lot of things by just listening to them. After all, listening is a very important mode of learning. Books and copies are something that a schoolboy/schoolgirl has to read daily. But, learning by listening is unique and going to stay in his/her head for an appreciable amount of time.
Consequently, gd has an important role to play in our lives and we can’t deny it straight away. It has limitless advantages to offer. We must prepare ourselves and our children by participating in gd as it can help us in the long run. Children, adults, or even aged people can participate and contribute positively. As far as aged people are concerned, their experience will immensely help the young generation. Above all, you can shape your career by becoming a part of a great organisation. Another key point is that you can evaluate all those necessary points by becoming a part of their gd. So, try to be a part of such discussions and keep upgrading yourself regularly.