Group Discussions (GDs) provide
organisations and B-Schools with a simulated managerial setting in which the
candidates can be assessed. The selectors find it the quickest method to
assess 12 to 14 candidates in the span of mere 20 minutes or so. This makesGDsa convenient personality assessment
tool in the selection process, though some of the top B-schools have recently
substituted group discussion with an extempore essay writing.
first thing about aGDthat candidates must remember is
that they are under constant observation. Every word, gesture,
conscious or unconscious move and expression of the candidate provides
certain clues about the personality of the candidate. These clues are then
reduced to data that help the panel assign an appropriate ranking or marks to
the candidate. It hence becomes necessary to maintain decorum, a formal yet
friendly attitude, and an air of involvement throughout the group discussion.
two broad parameters that are applied to the observation of a candidate are the
ideas expressed by a candidate – the content – and
they way in which those ideas were communicated to the group – the process.
These are then assessed in real time to make certain reasoned judgments about