How to Take Over a Group Discussion?

A job interview is likely to consist of several rounds. Every round is designed to analyze certain aspect of your personality. Some of the rounds may include written aptitude test, personal interview, technical interview, group discussion, etc. Group discussion rounds are very critical and are meant to analyze how you are as a team player and how well do you make yourself heard.

In a group discussion you would be given a particular topic to discuss about. There will be people with different opinions about the same subject. Everyone would try to make their point clear, and you want to do the same but there is a way to do it. Itís all about when to speak and how to speak. It is often seen in group discussions that people tend to get loud and try to speak at the same time. Well, this is what you want to avoid completely. However, keeping quite is also a minus. So, your goal is to find the loop where you can pitch in.

A good way is to try to take control over the discussion. Find a spot where you can pitch in and make your statements short and to the point. Because its all impromptu, you want to make sure you get enough time to structure your sentences the right way. †So once you have delivered a statement, stop and let someone else talk. While the other person is speaking, you take the time to form your next statement. Once the other person is done talking choose another person to speak. That way you can earn yourself some more time. It is also commonly seen that some people keep on talking not letting
others speak. Thatís when everyone tries to talk at the same time and make the entire process a chaos. So, if you see a similar situation, stop the person and let someone else speak. Once you have your statement ready in your mind, give yourself the next chance to pitch in. This way you will be regulating the discussion. If you succeed in taking charge, make sure that everyone gets fair chances to express themselves. This will demonstrate a fair attitude, leadership qualities and your knowledge about the subject.

To explain this entire process in short, here are some dos and doníts to follow in a group discussion:
  • Try to keep yourself updated about current affairs.
  • Try to practice group discussions on different topics with friends and family.
  • Make your statements short, simple and to the point.
  • Do not talk at the same time when someone else is speaking.
  • Give others an opportunity to talk.
  • There will be people with different opinions, try not to be loud and offensive.
  • Keep yourself calm and composed.
  • Try to demonstrate your managerial skills.
  • Do not make irrelevant statements.
  • Do not deviate from the main topic and in case someone else is, try to get back on the main subject.

Last Updated On: 03/07/2013

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