In the highly competitive world of IT, just being good in technology is not enough. The job roles here are such that one needs to be good in communication in order to survive. Also, one needs to be up to date and well versed with all that is happening in the world around them.
Any company invests a lot in the hiring process and would not want to go through it again and again to fill a particular post. Hence, it looks for these survival skills in a potential employee. One of the most common means for the employer to check both these skills at one go is through the group discussion sessions that are an essential part of the recruitment process.
Thus, these days there has been a steep rise in the number of engineering graduates. With the job opportunities in this field not increasing that much, there has been a rapid surge in the competition.
Now speaking from a technical point of view, most of the people applying for a particular position have the same or at least similar technical skills. The certifications and other relevant details are also similar. In such a situation, the only thing that sets one individual over others in the rat race is how they perform in the group discussion round of the job interview process.
Doing well in this round is one of the most sure-shot ways of ensuring that you are able to cast an impression with the hiring team. Considering the importance of the group discussion round in the hiring process of any IT company, this article speaks about some tips that you can incorporate in order to ace the same.
We understand that as a fresher the concept of speaking out in front of a group of people may be something that is daunting to you. However, it is important for you to realise that this fear is something that can be conquered. All you need to do is practise. The best place to practise would be in front of the mirror.
In fact, it is a good idea to wear formal clothes (similar to the ones you intend to wear on the day of the interview) for such mock GD sessions that you are going to conduct for yourself. This will give you the feel of a real GD and will in turn make it much easier for you on the day of the actual interview.
• Be Aware
Just because you are someone from the technical background and the position that you are applying for is technical in nature, it does not mean that the topics of the group discussion will necessarily have to be technical in nature. Usually current affairs topics are chosen for such group discussions.
They may be topics of national as well as international importance (usually regional topics are avoided in the group discussions of IT companies). Thus, it is a good idea to read up on things like this.
• Time Management
For any role in an IT firm, you need to have good time management skills and this is something that they test before the company actually hires an individual. The time management skills are usually gauged in the course of a person's behaviour during the group discussion. Thus, it is very important for you to neither speak too much nor too less.
By speaking for an optimal amount of time and bringing out valid points, you will be able to win the trust of your prospective employer and in turn bag yourself the job of your dreams. Under no circumstances should your cumulative duration of speech in a group discussion be less than 2 minutes.
• Communication Skills
Another very important thing that the group discussion tests in an individual is their communication skills. You do not really have to use any flowery or out-of-the-box words. It is absolutely okay to use very basic words, but make sure that your sentence formation is grammatically correct.
Also, make sure that you do not speak too fast or too slow. By having a very high rate of speech, you will make it difficult for others to comprehend what you are saying. On the other hand, by going too slow you will make others lose interest in what you are saying.
• Be Professional
We understand that you are just out of college and things like corporate lifestyle do not come naturally to you. However, on the day of the group discussion make special efforts to appear formal. Dress up accordingly and make sure that you are punctual to the smallest detail. Maintain appropriate posture throughout. Under no circumstance should you curse or utter any form of inappropriate words.
Doing so will mark you down and may well cost you your job. Remember to greet people. A firm handshake will also work wonders.
• Look At The Eye
It is very important to look at a person in the eye when you speak to them. This not just makes the other person listen to you but also speaks volumes about your self-belief and confidence. Make sure you inculcate this habit if you want to go past the group discussion round.
If the moderator or anyone in the group is addressing you directly, look at them in the eye. On the other hand, when you yourself are speaking in a group discussion, you will usually be addressing a group of people. In such a scenario, it is appropriate on your part to give eye contact to everyone in the group.