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www.talentsprint.com COMMON TIPS FOR INTERVIEW & GROUP DISCUSSION Communication – Should be Clear, Unambiguous,

COMMON TIPS FOR INTERVIEW & GROUP DISCUSSION

Communication Should be Clear, Unambiguous, Logical, Voiced Confidently.

Speech Should be Clear, Audible, Eloquently, Intelligently, Courteously. Avoid drooling. Avoid repeating words. Avoid unnecessary phrases like “You See, Actually, As you know, Like etc”. Speak unhurriedly, for clarity and confidence.

Overcome Fear, Negative thought, Overconfidence, Anxiety.

Facial Expression Try to have an animated face. Smile pleasantly (Practise smiles before a

mirror.) , Maintain Eye contact with the speaker / listener(s). In GD, look around, keeping eye

contact with all.

Gestures with Hands Do not point fingers at others, Avoid posture of boredom. Try to be

expressive. Keep hands below chin level. Avoid crossing arms or legs while sitting or standing.

Common Lying gestures Mouth cover, Nose touch, Eye rub, Scratching neck. Avoid them.

Leg Positions

Crossed legs Indicates closed attitude, uncertainty, superiority, or aggression

Open / Uncrossed legs Indicates Open, Positive & confident

Ankle Lock Indicates Withdrawn Attitude

Head Movements

Nod slightly while talking. Indicates receptivity

Slightly tilt head while listening. Indicates attentiveness.

Always keep chin up.

Never look down while talking.

Body Postures

Closed (Legs crossed, arms folded, torso / legs turned away) Shows Vulnerability, Depression, or Dislike

Open or Receptive (Legs uncrossed, arms open,) Shows Openness, Accessibility, willingness to interact., positive, more persuasive,

(Legs uncrossed, arms open,) – Shows Openness, Accessibility, willingness to interact., positive, more persuasive,

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www.talentsprint.com  When seated, lean forward while listening or talking.  If standing, stand straight with

When seated, lean forward while listening or talking.

If standing, stand straight with arms by the sides or clasped in fig-leaf position.

Leaning Backward Signals dislike or negativity, Communicates dominance or Superiority.

Leaning Forward Shows Attentiveness, positive attitude.

Nodding Indicates Attention & Receptivity.

Avoid

Wearing Bright or distracting dress

Strong perfumes

Put OnAccent

Biting nails, pen, or pencil, fidgeting with mobile (Keep mobile switched off not even silent

mode), hand-purse, ring etc. Twirling kerchief, sari, shawl, kameez / shirt etc They Betray

Anxiety & nervousness

Stretching legs or shaking them frequently.

Looking down / at the roof while listening or speaking.

Adjusting hair / dress, caressing face Indicate nervousness. Anxiety.

Excess gestures You will seem artificial.

Fidgeting / Uneasiness in the chair - Indicate nervousness. Anxiety.

Excess gestures – You will seem artificial.  Fidgeting / Uneasiness in the chair - Indicate

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www.talentsprint.com INTERVIEW Purpose of Interview – What Recruiters Look for.  Value predisposition 

INTERVIEW

Purpose of Interview What Recruiters Look for.

Value predisposition

Psychological stability

General awareness about socio-economic realities

Personal goals & vision

Preparing for Interview

Be aware of Qualities sought for in a Bank Job Customer relationship as a focus area,

Pleasantness, Friendly attitude, Ability to develop personal relationships., Customer-

orientation,

Need to observe & learn from service-oriented staff in branches. Candidate to visualise

himself / herself as one such employee. Think Bank staff.

Visit the website of the Bank. See “About us”. Have a clear idea of the Bank.

Documentation Ensure completeness, as required in call letter.

Should express willingness to work / be posted anywhere.

Types of questions that can be expected.

Anticipate questions on bio data form submitted. Give honest answers only, Be tactful but

truthful Personal Background, Family background, Education, Gaps in education,

Institutions studied in, Subject studied, Previous employment, Reasons for leaving previous

employer, Gaps in employment, Hobbies, Personal traits, strengths, weaknesses, Reasons

for seeking Banking as a career.

Visit venue Previous day. On interview day, be sufficiently early at venue. Be relaxed at venue.

Interact pleasantly and positively with other candidates and officials.

Do not be disheartened by poor performance of other candidates.

Composition of Interview Board Senior Bank officers, College Professors, IAS / IPS officers. Never under-estimate the members.

Should not attempt to influence Board members

Board members are not enemies. Their job is not to find fault with candidates. Their job is to ascertain the best of your qualities and to assess your suitability for the bank job.

with candidates. Their job is to ascertain the best of your qualities and to assess your

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www.talentsprint.com  Acquiring knowledge inputs – newspapers, news  Language, pronunciation, voice modulation

Acquiring knowledge inputs newspapers, news

Language, pronunciation, voice modulation Listen to news. Practise speaking aloud before mirror / friends / family. Record self-speech and play back. Identify shortcomings for rectification.

Listen to panel discussions on TV.

Formation of views and opinions Editorial page.

General Awareness vs. General Knowledge

Develop power of keen observation and analysis.

Ensure Robust physical health Will reflect active nature and alertness.

Mental Alertness preparedness Physical fitness & Intellectual exercises

Not to be disheartened by the results of your past interviews – Bill Cosby “Your will to

succeed should be greater than your fear of failure.”

Every unsuccessful interview, is an opportunity to improve. Do not regret, but learn from

past mistakes.

Confidence in self & Faith in God.

Dressing for Interview

Appearance - Neatness, cleanliness, hair trimmed & in place. Clipped moustaches, Shaven

or trimmed & well kept beard.

Be formal in a business attire. Should not appear casual

Men Light colour shirt with dark trousers. Tie makes you look professional. Clean-shaven

or a properly groomed beard.

Women Formal business suit, salwar suit or saree.

Better to wear dress you are used to. New shoes may pinch and give you a limp; new

clothes worn for the first time may be uncomfortable.

Be simple and sober. General rule is No item of attire should draw undue / focussed attention or comment.

Avoid strong perfume and fashion accessories like flashy chain, pendant etc.

Personal Grooming. Take care of bad breath,

Body odour, oral cleanliness no tobacco, no pan, no chewing of gum., no strong perfumes.

The best dress is a pleasant confident smile, spring in your steps, sparkle in your eyes.

First Impression is the best impression

Normally, decision on a candidate is taken in the first 60-90 seconds.

eyes. First Impression is the best impression  Normally, decision on a candidate is taken in

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www.talentsprint.com  Do not carry a big folder of documents; keep it small and simple. 

Do not carry a big folder of documents; keep it small and simple.

While waiting to be called in, be relaxed and calm.

When called in, walk in without hesitation.

Open the door partially and ask, “May I come in, please?” and walk in maintaining a normal steady pace.

Wear a pleasant confident smile.

As you reach your seat, greet the board appropriately; Good Morning / Afternoon / Evening

Sirs / Madam

Maintain eye contact as you say so.

On being asked to take your seat, say “Thank You Sir / Madam” and sit down comfortably with the right posture. Maintain the pleasant confident smile.

If not asked to sit, seek permission saying, “May I take the seat Sir / Madam ?”

Keep the folder / file of documents in your lap. If asked to keep on a table, do so, with

“Thank You Sir / Madam.” But take care not to disturb any paper / item on the table.

While sitting, keep elbows out or on the arms of the chair.

Handshake Do not initiate. During shaking hands, keep palm straight and return the same

pressure you receive. Let the other person decide when to end the handshake.

Before the Interview Board

Entry, Greeting on entry,

No sitting without being asked to

Posture

Conduct,

Answering Questions

Honest Answers.

Disagreeing with the Board

Expressing Ignorance

No Arguments with Interviewer

Mannerisms

Body language

Confidence level

Impact of a wrong answer

Leading the Board / Inviting questions

Exit, Greeting before exit

Confidence level  Impact of a wrong answer  Leading the Board / Inviting questions 

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www.talentsprint.com While Answering Questions  Maintain eye contact with all members, not only the person

While Answering Questions

Maintain eye contact with all members, not only the person questioning.

Start answering only after the question is completed.

Show enthusiasm by your voice and one.

Avoid incomplete sentences or tapering off the voice.

Avoid excessive gestures.

Exiting

Thank the Board members, looking at all of them.

Shake hands if offered, take a few steps back, turn and walk out of the room at the same

pace you entered.

Do not look back as you leave.

Close the door behind you

Dos

Start preparing well in advance

Update general awareness on political, economical, technological, social etc. Issues read

magazines & newspapers regularly & thoroughly.

Brush up domain knowledge especially subject of specialisation / subject of study.

Gather as much knowledge about the target organisation & the job profile. Search the web,

talk to friends & seniors. History, work culture, standing, strengths, area of operations, job

profile, skills and knowledge required etc.

Identify your knowledge, skills etc matching those required by the organisation & job profile.

Form study groups of friends and conduct mock interviews among yourselves.

Get genuine feedback from friends and improve on them.

Answer / speak before a mirror / friends. Critically evaluate your own body language, facial expressions, gestures etc. and improve on them.

Keep copies of resume & testimonials ready.

Your answers should conform to the information given in your bio data form.

Practise on a few commonly asked questions.

Draw up list of possible questions and practise on them.

Be honest & spontaneous in your reply.

Allow interviewer to complete his question. Do not interrupt.

Acquire those you lack.

spontaneous in your reply.  Allow interviewer to complete his question. Do not interrupt. Acquire those

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www.talentsprint.com  Show enthusiasm while answering.  Listen to the question carefully & then give a

Show enthusiasm while answering.

Listen to the question carefully & then give a well thought out answer.

Have good body language & proper posture.

Have a pleasant disposition and smile while answering questions.

Show eagerness and enthusiasm in the organisation & position.

Stay focussed throughout and answer confidently.

Observe the facial expression of the interviewers for any non-verbal signals.

(Only If asked by interviewer not normally asked in bank interviews), ask well thought and relevant questions about the position and organisation.

Thank the interviewers at the end.

Don’ts

Do not sit late into the night the day before the interview. Lack of sleep will make you dull,

tense & edgy during interview.

Do not be overconfident and complacent based on your academic performance or some

significant achievements.

Do not let your unsuccessful performance in the past shake your confidence.

Do not show negative emotion at any time.

Do not over-prepare by memorizing answers.

Do not let yourself be disheartened by the experience of other candidates. They were not

prepared and so, they had a bad interview. You will do better than them.

Do not bluff the interviewer with a wrong reply; with their knowledge & experience, they will

find the bluff.

Do not give one word answers only and do not talk too much.

Do not state unrealistic or ambitious targets that do not match your skill or personality.

Do not be arrogant while replying.

Never argue. If you disagree, do so politely and support your disagreement with valid arguments.

Never say this job is only a stepping stone to another job.

While you should be relaxed, do not try to be humorous; be serious.

Do not ask for feedback on your performance.

Do not ask about salary, place of posting etc.

Do not talk about personal contacts, influence or seek sympathy.

 Do not ask about salary, place of posting etc.  Do not talk about personal
 Do not ask questions of the interviewer, without being asked to do so (Normally,

Do not ask questions of the interviewer, without being asked to do so (Normally, not done during bank interviews)

Few Common types of questions

On You and your background.

Possible Question

Suggested points / tips for reply

Tell us something about yourself.

Highlight subject knowledge, work related skills and specific qualities the employer / interviewer is looking for. Talk about achievements on academic or social fronts, in reverse chronological order. Bring out your attributes required for the position

Tell us about your family background

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Briefly dwell on your parents’ profession and its

influence on your personality. Highlight virtues of

discipline, dedication, sincerity & others. Be

positive about family background.

Avoid dropping names of influential relatives or

highlighting political connections.

What is your objective in life?

What are your career goals ?

What are your short and long term goals &

objectives ?

Where do you see yourself 5 to 10 years

from now ?

Identify your vision. And the career goals you wish

to achieve. Be realistic and relate them to

company’s objectives.

What are your hobbies ?

What do you do in your spare time. ?

Do not contradict hobbies stated in CV. Be

prepared to answer qns on them.

How do your friends and colleagues describe you ? What kind of a person are you ? What are your strengths and weaknesses ?

Honestly highlight few positive qualities you think others appreciate. State weaknesses only if specifically asked and in such a way that they point to your positives.

On Educational qualifications.

only if specifically asked and in such a way that they point to your positives. 

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www.talentsprint.com   Possible Question Suggested points / tips for reply Which college or institute did you
 

Possible Question

Suggested points / tips for reply

Which college or institute did you graduate from ? Why did you choose that particular college or institute ?

indicate the positives of your college / course/ specialisation. Reasons could be good campus culture, teaching methodology, etc.

Which subjects were your favourites and why ?

Justify your choice based on long term goals & interests. Be positive.

Why did you choose specialisation ?

subject for your

Why

was

your

academic

performance

Answer tactfully. Without dwelling long on your

average ?

 

poor performance, highlight positives of your

 

college life, especially, NCC, Social service,

Which subjects you performed poorly and

college union, organising skills, leadership qualities

why ?

exhibited. Etc.

How would your qualification or knowledge

State objectively, some link between your

of

subject help you in this job ?

educational background & the job.

How would your studies help you in this job

?

On Professional qualifications or work experience.

Possible Question

Suggested points / tips for reply

What was your job profile & responsibility in

Highlight the positives of last job, the skills &

your last job ?

knowledge you acquired there, which would be

useful in the job applied for. Never criticise your

Tell us what you are doing now.

last employer. Be positive about your work and have a right attitude to it.

Why do you want to leave your present job

Do not suggest you are changing jobs for better pay, but state for better opportunities, better growth prospects etc.

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Why do you want to take up this job ?

Why do you want to join this Bank / Co. ?

Highlight your strengths, skills & knowledge, interests & attitude that are relevant to the position. Look at the various aspects of the job and how you would aptly fit in.

Why should we select you for this job ?

Look at the various aspects of the job and how you would aptly fit in. Why
Do you like working alone or in a group ? Highlight your past experiences in

Do you like working alone or in a group ?

Highlight your past experiences in a team, like member of a team in college, organising cultural programmes etc. In college, or sports events.

Are you a team player ?

Can you work under stress ? How do you cope with job pressure ?

Highlight your past experiences under pressure, in meeting deadlines etc.

On Personality & Character

Possible Question

Suggested points / tips for reply

Who is your idol & why ?

Response should indicate your personality, ideals & values. Be honest. Know thoroughly about the idol. Your idol could be Father, Mother, any

relative, anyone you worked with or know

otherwise, or a national leader. Be proud to be

yourself with your positives & shortcomings.

If you could be someone, who would that

be ?

What is your attitude towards life ?

Be positive & honest. State positives in life

opportunities and your eagerness to make the

most of them.

How do you handle stress and tension ?

When did you last get angry ?

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Suggest some negatives in others, that make you

angry. Your ability to remain cool under stress and

to deal with situations as they come. Yoga and

meditation help reduce stress.

How do you look at failure ?

What did you learn from your failures?

Cite instances of not being dejected but learning

from your failures

What motivates you ?

Reply could be, new learning opportunities,

challenges, results, recognition, appreciation,

satisfaction of doing well.

How do you define success ? What is more important to you Money, power, status or fun ?

Reply could be - respect and appreciation of colleagues and superiors, thrill & joy of doing a job well. Desire to acquire knowledge, skills and to improve social standing and quality of life.

& joy of doing a job well. Desire to acquire knowledge, skills and to improve social

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www.talentsprint.com  On Organizing & Managerial ability. Possible Question Suggested points / tips for reply

On Organizing & Managerial ability.

Possible Question

Suggested points / tips for reply

What are the essential qualities Manager should possess ? How do you define a good manager ?

List attributes planning, strategizing, coordinating, delegating, leading the team to achieve organisation’s goals.

As new manager, how would you get people to work for you ? How do you win trust of subordinates ?

People are important valuable assets. Listen to them, their problems, address their concerns, strike a rapport with them & win their trust.

How do you communicate with your subordinators & Superiors ?

Keep all channels of communication open, Be fair

& honest with subordinates. Be tactful & Flexible

 

with superiors.

How will you handle, if a subordinate is

Personalised approach, Counsel in private, show

underperforming ?

confidence in him. Advise him of the need to

separate professional life from personal life.

On Suitability for the job.

Possible Question

Suggested points / tips for reply

Can you work overtime if required ? What

Be positive. Meeting the expectations of customers

would you say, if working hours are

and the organisation is important & one must adapt

stretched ?

to the situations.

Why do you want to work for this Bank / Co.

Reflect your eagerness & enthusiasm. Highlight

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the opportunities to learn, meet challenges, and

What do you find interesting about this

work in a personalised environment, opportunities to meet people and be socially relevant. Never state negative reasons like no other alternative or last chance.

Bank / Co. ?

How will the organisation benefit by hiring you ? Why should we select you ?

Highlight your strengths, skills and how thy measure up to the job in question.

Why do you think you are ready for a more responsible position ?

Elaborate your past experience and achievements. Show your willingness to learn & shoulder more responsibility for career growth.

past experience and achievements. Show your willingness to learn & shoulder more responsibility for career growth.
 Tricky questions. Possible Question Suggested points / tips for reply What are your strengths

Tricky questions.

Possible Question

Suggested points / tips for reply

What are your strengths and weaknesses ?

Specify strengths suited for the job. State weaknesses, in such a way that they could be perceived as your strength. Eg. Being Meticulous.

What did you like / dislike in your previous job ? Why leaving present job ? / Evaluate your last Co

Never criticise the last job / employer / boss. State their positives but that you are seeking better opportunities / exposure / career growth etc. here.

Do you want your boss’s job ?

Reply you are willing to learn and shoulder greater

responsibilities, you are looking for career

advancement and willing to work hard for it.

How will you react to an angry boss ?

Be tactful. Say there must be some reason for his

anger. You will reflect on it and correct yourself.

How will you react if your boss is a female ?

Reply that females are not inferior to males.

Gender of the boss is immaterial

Suppose you differ with your boss, what will

you do ?

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Reply that, notwithstanding any difference, you will

carry out the boss’s instructions so long as they

are in conformity with organisation’s objectives,

framework & rules.

What are he qualities in people you do not

like ? / Identify your prejudices or biases ?

Reply highlighting your positives not liking

dishonesty, insincerity, irresponsibility, shirking

work, selfishness etc.

What is an ideal / dream job ?

State requirements of the job you are seeking.

.On Behavioural & Situational questions.

Give an example of a satisfying work and a dissatisfying work ? Difficult situations in life or at work ? When did you go beyond the call of duty in order to get the job done ? When you had to make important decisions, what was it & how did you do it ?

They test personality, style of work, behaviour in different real life situations. Be positive, tactful & honest in reply. Describe situations briefly and objectively, state your actions with justification and action and what you learned from it. Be prepared for supplementary questions.

state your actions with justification and action and what you learned from it. Be prepared for

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www.talentsprint.com Situation when there was major disagreement between you & your boss ? How will you

Situation when there was major disagreement between you & your boss ? How will you deal with a technically sound but dissatisfied & disgruntled worker ? As a new Manager, how will you build rapport with your team ?

sound but dissatisfied & disgruntled worker ? As a new Manager, how will you build rapport

Stressful questions (Not normally asked in Bank interviews)

Sell me this pen or mobile (Showing total

They are usually asked for selecting to stressful

disinclination to buying.).

jobs like marketing, sales, HR etc.

What would you do if we do not select you.

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Why do you think you are suitable for this

Here, Remain calm and composed, Do not be

position?

provoked, A deep breath helps. Be polite. Smile

Why should we take you?

and reply tactfully. Practice will help.

To create stress in you, the Interviewers :

Do not respond to your greeting, Take time

in telling you to be seated, Pose rude

questions, Speak lightly of your

qualifications, Challenge your response

rudely, Remain silent for a long time after your response, Rapid fire questioning, Pose stressful questions. Etc.

rudely, Remain silent for a long time after your response, Rapid fire questioning, Pose stressful questions.

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www.talentsprint.com Your Objective in GD GROUP DISCUSSION Convince the group with your views or accede to

Your Objective in GD

GROUP DISCUSSION

Convince the group with your views or accede to others’ views. It is not a question of winning or losing. Important that the topic is discussed threadbare and a conclusion is reached by the group.

Purpose of Group Discussion What Recruiters Look for.

Leadership capabilities & building on others' strengths

Capability for coordination & ability to synthesize divergent views, capability for coordination

Listening skills

General awareness about contemporary issues

GD tests in the Candidate:

Ability of living & working in a group or a Team,

Interpersonal & Communication skills Expressing views & opinions, Organising thoughts,

Effectiveness in making yourself understood, Command of language & Fluency, How well-

versed in the topic, Tact & skill in dealing with others, Listening skills, Body language.

Analytical and Rational Thought Process Analysis of the topic, Creativity / value addition

with new angles & perspectives, Relevance of examples, analogies, facts & figures used to

reinforce arguments, Ability to analyse & Synthesize views of others, Problem solving skills

to reach consensus.

Group Behaviour and Emotional Stability Ability to work in a group for common goal, Body language (Aggressive / unaccommodating ?), Behaviour under stress (Maintain emotional balance & composure), Receptivity to others’ views, Flexibility & adaptability in GD Dynamics, maturity of thought & action when dealing with others.

Leadership skills Ability to lead (natural style without being aggressive), Ability to seize initiative in defining goals or reaching consensus, Thought leadership (new perspectives & direction to discussions), Ability to emerge as informal leader to whom the group looks up.

(new perspectives & direction to discussions), Ability to emerge as informal leader to whom the group

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www.talentsprint.com Types of GD – Structured (Common), Unstructured Types of topics for GD – Factual (Based

Types of GD Structured (Common), Unstructured

Types of topics for GD Factual (Based on General Awareness), Controversial (To test maturity), Abstract (To assess creative Potential), Case Study (tests analytical skill, interpersonal & coordination skills,)

Structure of GD

Initiation or Introduction of topic

Body of GD

Summarisation / Conclusion

Initiation of Discussion

High profile high loss strategy

Cover all relevant points of the topic

Be brief & lucid

Avoid jumping to conclusion

Avoid taking a stand on a controversial subject

Give direction to discussions, hint possibilities

Technique to Initiate

Use quotes

Defining Issues

Posing a question to provoke thought process

Making a shocking statement

Quoting facts, figures, statistics from authentic sources.

Narrating a short story

Making a general statement

Body of GD

Floor is open to anyone to intervene and express views.

Do not be sarcastic.

Bring in new ideas & thoughts

Try not to merely repeat someone else’s point, but add new perspective to it

Bring in new ideas & thoughts  Try not to merely repeat someone else’s point, but

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www.talentsprint.com  Build up relationships through interpersonal skills & body language.  Analyse issues

Build up relationships through interpersonal skills & body language.

Analyse issues critically & present them with logic and conviction.

Listen intently to others

Grasp their ideas and assimilate them to your line of thought.

Participate actively

Summarisation or Concluding

Expected that someone in the group concludes the discussion.

Normally, a person emerges as a natural leader of the group and he concludes.

Hence, a scramble in the end to conclude.

Here, be pleasant and be prepared for interruption of contradiction by others.

Summarise what group has discussed and state the consensus in a nutshell.

Concluding a discussion is a high risk high reward proposition. If not done properly, it is

counter-productive.

To have successfully participated in the GD, not necessary, that you should conclude.

How to conclude / Summarise

Note down key points raised by all.

Dwell briefly on key points discussed, which led to the conclusion.

Do not raise new points.

Do not state your viewpoint only

Avoid dwelling only on one aspect.

Be brief and concise.

Ensure all important points are discussed.

Common Myths in GD Myth 1 - Initiating discussion is beneficial and important. Initiate only if you have a good idea of the topic, are able to identify issues, can give proper perspective and direction to discussions and can express your views with sound reasoning and logic. During discussions you have ample opportunity to raise thought provoking ideas, giving new dimension and direction to discussions & thereby impress the observer.

Myth 2 - Speaking More is important.- It is not the time, but quality of presentation, supported by sound reasoning and analysis, that is more important.

It is not the time, but quality of presentation, supported by sound reasoning and analysis, that

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Myth 3 - If speaking for the topic, one cannot speak against it or vice versa. GD is not a debate, where you should take a stand for or against issues and try to convince the opposing party, of his views. In GD, you should integrate valid counter points of others, along with your own, to arrive at a balanced conclusion.

Remaining silent, gives the impression that you are unable to speak, or have nothing to say. If the topic is not understood by you, listen to others; soon you will get a fair idea and you will be give a new angle and value to the discussions.

Myth

4

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It is better to remain silent

if one does not have knowledge about the subject

Myth 5. One should not repeat a point already discussed. You can repeat a point, even if raised

by another person, provided you can add value and make it more interesting and pertinent.

Myth 6. - Participants should speak in turn to avoid commotion. GD is not an elocution or debate,

where speakers speak in turn.

Myth 7. - Speaking loudly and gesturing aggressively shows leadership quality. – “Leadership is

based on inspiration, not domination; on cooperation, not intimidation.” – William Wood. Avoid

posturing a a leader, for it can be easily seen through by the observer and could go against you.

Myth 8. - Directing others to speak, shows leadership quality. Be a leader of thought and do not

resort to such gimmicks. It will be counterproductive.

Myth 9. - Should not take a stance against Society and ethically accepted norms of the Society.

GD is not used to assess your morals. What the observer looks for, are thoughtfulness, knowledge,

interpersonal & communication skills, logic, analytical powers etc.

Other important aspects in GD.

Address the group, not the observer.

No cross talk among participants; talk to the entire group.

If names are known, Address members by names, else, as “Friends”, “Friend” and refer to them as He or She.

If you have a lot to say, do not monopolise and take a lot of time. Be brief and allow others to speak. You can elaborate later, as discussions progress.

Do not directly encourage another person to speak; but if he is being cut off by others, you can suggest that the group hear him.

directly encourage another person to speak; but if he is being cut off by others, you

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www.talentsprint.com  If seated in circle, position is immaterial. But if in semicircle, or by the

If seated in circle, position is immaterial. But if in semicircle, or by the sides of a rectangular table, sit as close to centre as possible.

It is alright to accept a point totally opposing your view, if that point is more logical.

Do not ask moderator to explain the topic; that shows ignorance. Wait for someone to open discussions; you will then understand.

Not necessary to stick to normally accepted line of thought. Coming up with something radical, demonstrates creativity & originality; but be relevant.

Can use technical terms or jargons; but add explanations for the others with different academic background, for a level playing field.

Be cautious not to hurt others’ feelings. Insensitivity to others shows lack of maturity and

viciousness.

Good command over language is advantageous; but will not compensate for lack of good

content. On the other hand, if your content and ideas are good, speak notwithstanding

command over language; you will get credit for logic and soundness.

Using examples elaborates your point; but avoid long stories.

A relaxed GGD is good; but humour may be out of place in a competitive environment.

Interim summary is good if discussions are not focussed.

Avoid slang / colloquial.

Stick to English language only.

Be assertive without being stubborn.

If facts and figures are quoted, be as accurate as possible; +/- 5%.

Moderator can stop discussions abruptly if too noisy or below acceptable standards.

Alright to seek clarifications from a member. But do not do it to prove him wrong; it will go

against you.

Ideally, a conclusion should be reached; but time constraints may not permit.

If conclusion is not reached, summarising can be done.

Voting is not acceptable. GD is not a debate.

If a topic is to be selected, do it by brainstorming.

Topics are general in nature, for a level playing field.

If someone is stubborn / aggressive, you may ignore him or tell him that his point is well taken and that the group must go forward. But be tactful, to avoid disruptions.

Interrupt others only with respect.

taken and that the group must go forward. But be tactful, to avoid disruptions.  Interrupt

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While holding your views, recognise right of others to their views. By listening to others’ views, your views could be strengthened, / balanced / altered.

Express your views logically & rationally.

Preparation for GD

Pay attention to communication and interpersonal skills how you interact and communicate with people around you.

Pay attention to pronunciation of words & phrases.

Assiduously build up vocabulary.

Talk to friends and well wishers in English; try to use words and phrases you come across.

Read newspapers and magazines on current issues daily. Capture highlights from year-end

issues.

Watch & listen to TV news, panel discussions & current affairs programmes.

Make notes on important matters.

Form groups of like-minded friends and actively discuss current affairs.

 Make notes on important matters.  Form groups of like-minded friends and actively discuss current