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Group Discussions
 
Group Discussion or GD as the name itself indicates is a group activity carried out by participating individuals. It is an exchange of ideas among the individuals of a group on a specific topic. 
A Group Discussion (GD) is a simulated exercise, where you cannot suddenly put up a show since the evaluators will see through you easily.

 
Group Discussion Features
 

In a Group Discussion, the group may be given a case study and asked to come out with a solution for a problem. Group Discussion is used as a reliable, testing device - mainly as a tool to assess all the candidates in a group at one go -in order to select the best in comparative perspective. Group Discussion is also known as leaderless discussion. It means its aim is to find out the natural leadership level of the candidates.
 
Group Discussion Tips
 
1.Reading
 
This is the first and the most crucial step in preparation for a CAT Group Discussion. This is a never-ending process and the more you read, the better you are in your thoughts. While you may read anything to everything, you must ensure that you are in good touch with current affairs, the debates and hot topics of discussion
 
2.Mocks
 
Create an informal Group Discussion group and meet regularly to discuss and exchange feedback. This is the best way to prepare. This would give you a good idea about your thoughts and how well can you convince. Remember, it is important that you are able to express your thoughts well.
 

CAT Group Discussion Presentation
 
  • Voice Level and Clarity of Communication: Loud and clear voice is an asset in a CAT Group Discussion. It gets you the attention of the other participants present in the CAT Group Discussion.
 
  • Language: One has to try and improve his language as a part of preparing for the CAT Group Discussion. Good language skills can help you clearly express your ideas in a CAT Group Discussion.
 
  • Body Language: Your body language should show confidence and basic communication etiquette is to be followed. Do not present yourself as too casual or over-aggressive in a CAT Group Discussion.
 
  • Eye Contact: Eye contact is essential to gain the interest of other people in the CAT Group Discussion. A good eye contact will help you present yourself as a confident person.
 
  • New Ideas and Initiative: Ideas and initiative help taking the CAT Group Discussion forward. Hence a person with ideas different from the group and also showing a lot of initiative can be a valuable player in a discussion.
 
  • The relevance of the Discussion: Rather than speaking more, it is important that what you speak is relevant to the topic of the CAT Group Discussion.
 
  • Team Player: Show that you are a team player, you can be a part of the team and hence contribute to the CAT Group Discussion.
 
Also remember the six C’s of effective communication that is required in a Group Discussion - Clarity, Completeness, Conciseness, Confidence, Correctness, and Courtesy.
 
Here are some latest group discussion topics
1.Jet Airways Crisis
2. Should celebrities be allowed to join politics
3.New India 20224.
4.Social Media- Curse or Boon
5.Industrial Revolution 4.0- Pros & Cons
6. Why scams like Nirav Modi Happen with Indian banks?
7.For or Against Mod

 
Personal Interview:
 
An interview checks your personality, which is one of the main drivers to becoming a manager. When it comes to personal interview, there are some common questions that one needs to be prepared with. One should give at least 2 to 3 mock interviews before each interview process in front of seniors or experienced people, in order to understand and assess their preparation. After each mock interview, assess yourself and find out your improvement areas.
 
Some of the most common questions which need to be answered tactfully are:
 
  • Tell us something about yourself
 
  • Why do you want to join our college?
 
  • Where do you see yourself 5 years down the line?
 
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
 
  • Previous work experience
 
  • Tell us about your family background
 
  • Why do you want to do an MBA?
 
  • Tell us about your hobbies and interests.
 
In all of these questions, there are no right answers. One needs to just be confident with the response you give. Some pointers to keep in mind while giving an interview are:
 
1. Be modest with what you say: The panel of interviewers have extensive work-experience, hence, be modest and truthful with whatever you say. If there is anything that you don’t know, tell them honestly and say you will read about this. You should know your resume thoroughly and should be able to have a 2-minute conversation about everything that you have included in your resume.
 
2. Be prepared with case studies, examples and brand concepts: Most brands have a story to tell. Be it Tata Nano, Maggi, or any other reputed brand, you should be aware of their SWOT analysis and what better could they have done to become a more successful brand.
 
3. Know about your academics and field: This is the most important thing. One tends to forget about their academics but it is very important to know your basics well. Hence, revise well before any interview. You can use business frameworks (SWOT, Porter’s Five forces, etc.) or mind mapping to support your analysis and answers, as long as it makes sense.
 
4. Body language and attire: Your body language should be confident, but not over confident. Make sure you dress appropriately for the interview.
 
5. Be assertive and take responsibility of the interview: An interview is like any other conversation but with a much-experienced person. You should try to divert the conversation to the points you think are saleable and you are more likely to know. Make the interviewer more inclined and interested in topics which you think are your strong points.
 
6. Most important, BE CALM! The most important thing to keep in mind is calmness. Stay calm and have a small smile on your smile. A pleasant face can never be ignored.


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