Dos and Don'ts in a GD

What to do and not-to-do in a Group Discussion to successfully clear it.


Dos of participating in a Group Discussion

  • Listen to the subject topic carefully
  • Put down your thoughts on a paper (Always carry a pen and a paper)
  • Try to initiate the discussion if you know the subject well
  • Listen to others and if you don’t know the subject and relate to factors you know
  • Support your point with some facts, figures and examples
  • Give others a chance to speak
  • Speak politely and pleasantly. Respect contribution from other members
  • Disagree politely and agree with what is right
  • Summarize the discussion if the group has not reached a conclusion

Don’ts of participating in a Group Discussion

  • Initiate the discussion if you do not have sufficient knowledge about the given topic
  • Over speak, intervene and snatch other’s chance to speak.
  • Argue and shout during the GD
  • Look at the evaluators or a particular group member
  • Talk irrelevant things and distract the discussion
  • Pose negative body gestures
  • Mention erratic statistics
  • Display low self confidence with shaky voice and trembling hands
  • Try to dominate the discussion
  • Put others in an embarrassing situation by asking them to speak if they don't want