Group discussions form the primary stage of contact between the interviewers and interviewees. These interactions separate the cream group and make them eligible for further rounds of tests so as to be chosen in an accurate career position.
What is a Group Discussions (GD)?
A GD is a methodology used by an organization to gauge whether the candidate has certain personality traits and/or skills that it desires in its members. In this methodology, the group of candidates is given a topic or a situation, given a few minutes to think about the same, and then asked to discuss among themselves for 15 – 20 Minutes and place their opinion on the topic.
Group Discussion Test is the most important and most popular technique of personality testing.It is used for selecting candidates for MBA, SSB, Airlines, Bank officers, Research scholars, Call Centre etc.It enables the examiner to assess candidate’s leadership ability, intellectual level, communication ability, socialisation skill and an ability to motivate and influence others. The most important aspect of Group Discussion is its practical approach for analysing the inner orientations of the candidates.The enhanced leadership ability of the candidate has to be in conyext of abilities and responses of other individuals of the group.
Some of personality traits the GD is trying to gauge may include:
- Ability to work in a team
- Communication Skills
- Reasoning ability
- Leadership skills
- Flexibility & Creativity
- Ability to think on ones feet
Group Discussions (GD) can be Topic based or Case based :
- Factual topic
- Controversial topics
- Abstract topics