Group Discussion is a very essential part of a selection process. It enables the organization to choose the most promising candidates. This is true and enough has been said about how a GD can help an organization to compare the skills of candidates efficiently and select those who outperform others. But did you know that a GD can benefit you too. Yes, a GD gives you real time exposure and can be a great self-evaluative tool as well. So if you have been thinking that a GD is just a selection tool, you may want to think again after reading this post!
Benefits of a GD for candidates or participants
As a candidate attending a GD, here are the following benefits –
- It helps you understand a subject more deeply
When you attend a group discussion, your perspective about a subject will broaden. This is because, you will not just have your ideas but you will get to listen to others’ ideas. You will be able to evaluate various perspectives and analyse different opinions about the subject. This will increase your knowledge and whether you agree or not with the other opinions and ideas, you are sure to understand the subject a lot more deeply. Knowledge enhancement is definitely a great takeaway from a group discussion.
- It helps your ability to think critically
Critical thinking is an important skill that you will always need whether you are seeking an employment or admission into an esteemed college or university. This is one skill that will come handy when you are doing your negotiations or taking important decisions. When you attend a group discussion, you can surely hone your critical thinking ability. You will be presented with different views on the same subject and you can give your mind some task of critical evaluation. Because, you will most likely not know the group members, your thinking will not be biased.
- It helps in deriving a solution
Sometimes, the topics given in a group discussion can be subjects or issues that you have been personally pondering over. Topics such as how can women safety be ensured or how to eradicate workplace discrimination will help you think of ideas. Also, you will have everyone in the group giving their ideas and opinions. This may as well help the organization employ measures to solve the issue or you may actually derive a solution and adopt measures in the regard in near future.
- It improves your listening skills
As a participant of a group discussion, you will be able to improve your communication skills and particularly, your listening skills. This is because you will have to listen to the other participants carefully. When you hear the other participants, you will start honing your listening as you will have to respond based on what others say. Your speaking skills are also bound to improve.
- It improves your confidence
When you express yourself in front of a group, your confidence will improve. Public speaking may initially seem a little overwhelming but as you tend to get used to it, you will gain more and more confidence. This will reflect in your overall positive change in attitude.
In order to ensure that you derive the above benefits from a group discussion, make sure that you observe all the participants, participate actively and practice efficiently.