How To Prepare for GD/PI

Group Discussion?? What comes to your mind after reading this might be some huge advertisement of Career Launcher which shows that “Prepare for GD/PI classes with us”.

In real terms, group discussion is just more than two individuals with common interests (or Group) sitting or standing together (depends on your convenience) and discussing an issue at hand so that a desirable conclusion can be reached with the help of consensus (and not by holding one’s collar).

It is like a normal discussion that a person enjoys with his/her friends. The only difference is that usage of slangs might go a bit against you. But there is an exciting part as well. You will try to sell your ideas by hook or by crook (following crook is subjected to moderator’s risk. Please think carefully before following).

Going a step ahead towards the preparation of GDs for actually cracking group discussion round, I will say prepare for best and stay prepared for the worse. It is so as GDs hold no boundaries. It may vary from AAPs decision to stop multi-brand retail FDI in Delhi to red is new black. To prepare for GDs:

• Read newspaper: I know that everyone asks to do that and you might feel that it’s just 1-2 months for our GDs and no one can do wonders in that.

• Think and think Random things: This is needed to deal with abstract topics that you might face in a GD. Topics like “Delhi is a pink city” or “You can’t get an omelette if you don’t break eggs”. These topics test your imagination and power to connect topic with real world. After GD, there is another blockage and it is present in all B-Schools i.e. Interview. Interview is a one on one interaction with a person who is least interested to know about you or is interested to grill you (stress interview) or genuinely interested to know you (rarest of the rare cases). So, what to do in such a case where person is actually not interested to even listen to you? If we talk about preparation for interview, I will suggest few basic points that should be taken care of:

• Who am I- First and foremost thing is to figure out that who you are (not in psychological terms but from business point of view). Open up your CV and find a small list of 3-5 things that you did during your lifetime and few major behavioural traits that it reflects.

• Know your CV- It is very important for anyone to know that what all you have written in the CV as sometimes (or mostly) what we have written is a little (or a lot) more than what we have done in life. So, have a look at your CV and try to find out connections between them so that you can easily knit a story around those dots.

All the best guys!!!

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