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.