Many jobs -- especially at entry levels or those that focus on marketing, sales or customer-facing activities -- would have a group discussion section that requires the capability to get your point across in a group.
This part of the selection process requires not only good communication skills, but also excellent general knowledge since most of the topics are of current interest. Sometimes the topics given are confrontational or contentious in nature and one should be prepared to stick their neck out. Silence is certainly not a virtue in this step.
It does not mean that one has to manipulate the others in the group with their words.
It is often seen that if a candidate imposes his/her ideas on others, people might think that you cannot excel in a team and do not have team spirit.
A candidate needs to have the patience to listen to others and convince others of their point by citing examples to get them to see their point of view. Doing well in a group discussion will not only help build rapport with others but also paves a way to grab a job of your choice.
If you are also among the many who are still struggling in a Group Discussion and do not know how to handle it, do join us for a chat with ourcareer expert, Amit Bansal on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 between 4 and 5 pm IST.
About Amit Bansal
Amit Bansal is a Career Counselor and trainer who heads PurpleLeap, an organisation that works with colleges to make students employment-ready. He is an MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur after his engineering at PEC, Chandigarh. He has 10 years of work experience in companies like Asian Paints, Riverrun and Talisma.
(Due to circumstances beyond our control, date and time of chat may change)