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8 Tips For Group Discussion (GD) GD Etiquette & Body Language

You need to display certain etiquettes and body language when you are in a group discussion – this follows from the need to show the evaluator the desired skills/traits. There are many students who are very knowledgeable but fail to succeed only because they are unwilling to work to develop the right body language. Let that person not be you. Add your tip below if you think we have missed out any.

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Stay on topic

Stay on topic

Going off topic wastes time and prevents a group from holding a rich discussion

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2. Ask open-ended questions instead of close-ended questions

2. Ask open-ended questions instead of close-ended questions
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3. Try not to interrupt just because you disagree with what a person says.

3. Try not to interrupt just because you disagree with what a person says.

Interruption is only valid if someone is just refusing to stop or straying off the topic

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4. Avoid making outright negative comments like "that point is wrong" or "your argument doesn't make any sense."

4. Avoid making outright negative comments like "that point is wrong" or "your argument doesn't make any sense."

Disagreeing with qualifications is a better alternative. For example, the two statements can be restated as "that point raises some serious issues" or "I understand your argument, but there are a number of problems that may arise." It is absolutely ok to disagree with a person. Nevertheless, it is important to say so in a polite manner, and subsequently provide strong reasons for having that view.

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Relax and smile

Relax and smile
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Let your eyes do positive signalling

Let your eyes do positive signalling

Your eyes give away negative emotions easily - emotions such as confusion, incomprehension, lying, distraction, lack of interest and anger. Looking away says that it is very likely you don’t understand the topic of group discussion. Looking here and there with doubtful eyes says that you are perhaps in need of cues. In particular if you have got a corner seat, then there is a greater need to make your presence felt by making strong eye contact with the recruiter as well as other group members. Eye brows need to be relaxed; knitted brows are theatrical and wrong inferences can be made from them.

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Recruiters also judge your confidence from how your hands behave

Recruiters also judge your confidence from how your hands behave

Drumming the hand rest or the table with your fingers is not a good idea. So is picking threads from your chair seat. Clenching your hand tightly should also be avoided as all of these indicate nervousness

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Convey openness, eagerness, energy and confidence with your body and posture

Convey openness, eagerness, energy and confidence with your body and posture

Do not cross your arms or your legs. Do not doodle or fiddle with your pen.