How to conduct yourself at group discussions for jobs

Many companies prefer to hold group discussions among candidates who have been shortlisted for a job. They help to judge the personality of the person and his or her manner of behaving with others. So a lot depends on how you conduct yourself. Here are some tips to help you make an impression at a group discussion:

  • Arrive 15 minutes before the discussion is scheduled to check your appearance and become comfortable in the surroundings. Put your cellphone off.
  • Once you are in the room, introduce yourself to the other candidates and greet interviewers.
  • Sit up straight. Be relaxed, not tense.
  • Prepare a brief introduction of yourself. Make eye contact with the others.
  • Refer to other members in the group as Mr or Ms even if they are your friends.
  • Listen carefully and speak only when the other person finishes his or her sentence.
  • If a question or remark has been addressed to someone else, do not interrupt. You can speak after that person finishes.
  • If you are asked to lead the discussion, make sure you invite everyone to speak.
  • Present your point of view politely, even when you are disagreeing with someone.
  • Say goodbye to interviewers/observers and participants before you leave.

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