Group Discussions-General Concepts
What is the normal duration of a Group Discussions ?
A Group Discussion is generally of 15-20 minutes duration.
How many panel members are
there to evaluate?
There are usually 3-4 panel members to evaluate.
Is there time given for
preparation after the topic is given and before starting
the Group Discussion ?
Usually some time (2-5 minutes) is given to collect
one's thoughts, but there could be instances when this
does not happen, so it is best not to bank on this.
Should I address the panel
or the group members?
Don't ever make the mistake of addressing the panel
members. The Group Discussion is between you and the other members,
not the panel members. You must avoid even looking at
the panel members while the Group Discussion is in progress. Just
ignore their existence.
What is the seating
It could be semi-circular, or circular, or seating along
side a rectangular table, depending upon the venue. It
is best not to bother about trivial issues like this,
which you have no control over.
How should I address the
other group members?
If you are initiating the discussion, you could do so by
collectively addressing the group as "Friends".
Subsequently, you could use names (if the group has had
a round of self-introduction prior to starting the
discussion and you remember the names) or simply use
pronouns like "he" or "she".
Suppose I have a lot to say
on the topic, should I say all of it?
You would not be looked upon favorably if you kept
speaking all the time and did not listen to anyone else.
Contrary to the misconception, the person who talks the
most is not necessarily the one who is judged the best.
The quality and not the quantity of your contribution is
the success factor.
Should I encourage others to
Do not directly put someone who is consistently silent
on the spot by asking him/her to speak up. If someone
has been trying to speak and has a good point but is cut
off constantly, you may encourage him/her to continue
with her point as you would like to hear her out.
Are the group members
supposed to keep track of the time or will the panel
It would be good if you are conscious of the time, but
not to the point of getting so distracted looking at
your watch that you do not contribute to the discussion.