Intro: Group Discussion, importance
An organization consists of people who play different roles to run it smoothly. For selection of efficient staff, the organization uses a tool called group discussion. Literally group discussion is an important activity that involves two or more people who exchange their ideas on some problem for a specific duration to obtain a possible solution. Group discussion is a kind of mirror that captures the reflection of various aspects of a candidate’s personality. As a prism disperses white light of sun into several colors, in the same way group discussion makes visible the real hue of candidates. It brings forth the hidden potential. It is like a chemical that reacts with mental solution of candidates to cause precipitation of his/her qualities and so it plays an important role in recruitment process.
A GD as a parameter screens candidates in and out. It is like an audition, organized to see the suitability of candidates for specific roles. Through a GD, the selection panel observes communication skills of candidates. They carefully detect the candidate’s clarity of thoughts, his/her expression and listening ability. Along with that they also look for cooperative skills, team spirit, and leadership qualities. It is observed the way candidates support, encourage and welcome each other’s ideas. Various agreements and disagreements seen in discussions help the panel to decide on analytical abilities of candidates. Their reasoning, focus, knowledge, presentation of facts and figures attract the attention of the panel. Above all the behavior, body language and pleasing attitude of candidates win panel’s heart. It will not be wrong to say that a GD is like an intensive care unit where candidates are kept under observation. The subject experts are called for judging a GDs.
GD proves beneficial not only for recruiters but also for candidates. When you think of the advantages of a GD, it reminds you of the churning of ocean by gods and demons for obtaining nectar. A GD fulfills our intellectual need of expression and comprehension. It has the power of making even shy and reluctant people conversant. We all wish that somebody should listen to us and a GD grants that wish also. A GD provides a ground for nurturing of seeds into plants. A GD creates a unity or an understanding among candidates that even if they disagree with each other they know it is for solving a problem and that way a GD helps in team building. A GD pulls out expertise of candidates. A GD helps in improvement of communication skill of members. It gives birth to divergent thinking and polishes thought pattern. It sharpens analytical or logical thinking ability. It increases knowledge. A GD helps one to find the missing link in his/her thought process. A GD is a good tool for viewing one thing from different perspectives. So friends instead of fearing from a GD, learn to embrace it.