A group discussion or GD, is a form of many-on-many discussion. It has become an inseparable part of admissions to management institutes and your selection in campus interviews. A GD is held to identify certain traits that companies and institutes like to see in their employees or students. Let's take a look at the traits which the evaluators look out for in a candidate during the GD.
Knowledge: Whatever you do in a GD, your knowledge about the subject can't be replaced by anything else. You are required to talk in a GD but inputs that don't contain any substantial value will not help in any way. Be a voracious reader to increase your knowledge on various subjects. Newspapers, TV, magazines, news portals etc are great sources of knowledge.
Alertness and presence of mind: In a GD you are required to carefully listen to the other person's thoughts and keep an argument, example or a supportive statement, fact, example ready to participate in the discussion. Here comes into picture your alertness and ability to think and act immediately. As you participate in a GD, make sure that you sit with an attentive mind and keep taking down the relevant points put forward by others.
Communication: You may have a lot of good points to put across but if you can't communicate them clearly, you won't stand a chance when it comes to impressing the evaluators. Practice communicating in a clear and effective way with your friends, family or study group.
Confidence: Your self confidence adds a lot of value to your candidature. Look at every group member as you speak, avoid too much hand movement and looking at evaluators.
Leadership and team skills: Your participation in a GD clearly establishes not only your leadership skills but also your capability to work in a team. To meet the objectives, a good leader has to be a team player.
Goal orientation: Since so many people participate in a GD, the chances of the...