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Wise men learn from others mistakes, while the less fortunate, from their own.

Here's a list of the most common mistakes made at group discussions

Emotional outburst
Rashmi was offended when one of the male participants in a group discussion made a statement on women generally being submissive while explaining his point of view. When Rashmi finally got an opportunity to speak, instead of focussing on the topic, she vented her anger by accusing the other candidate for being a male chauvinist and went on to defend women in general.

What Rashmi essentially did was to

* Deviate from the subject.
* Treat the discussion as a forum to air her own views.
* Lose objectivity and make personal attacks.

Her behaviour would have been perceived as immature and demotivating to the rest of the team.

Quality Vs Quantity
Gautam believed that the more he talked, the more likely he was to get through the GD. So, he interrupted other people at every opportunity. He did this so often that the other candidates got together to prevent him from participating in the rest of the discussion.

* Assessment is not only on your communication skills but also on your ability to be a team player.
* Evaluation is based on quality, and not on quantity. Your contribution must be relevant.
* The mantra is "Contributing meaningfully to the team's success." Domination is frowned upon.

Egotism Showing off
Krishna was happy to have got a group discussion topic he had prepared for. So, he took pains to project his vast knowledge of the topic. Every other sentence of his contained statistical data - "20% of companies; 24.27% of parliamentarians felt that; I recently read in a Jupiter Report that..." and so on so forth. Soon, the rest of the team either laughed at him or ignored his attempts to enlighten them as they perceived that he was cooking up the data.

* Exercise restraint in anything. You will end up being frowned upon if you attempt showing-off your knowledge.
* Facts and figures need not validate all your statements.
* Its your analysis and interpretation that are equally important - not just facts and figures.
* You might be appreciated for your in-depth knowledge. But you will fail miserably in your people skills.

Such a behavior indicates how self-centered you are and highlights your inability to work in an atmosphere where different opinions are expressed.

Get noticed - But for the right reasons
Srikumar knew that everyone would compete to initiate the discussion. So as soon as the topic - "Discuss the negative effects of India joining the WTO" - was read out, he began talking. In his anxiety to be the first to start speaking, he did not hear the word "negative" in the topic. He began discussing the ways in which the country had benefited by joining WTO, only to be stopped by the evaluator, who then corrected his mistake.

* False starts are extremely expensive. They cost you your admission. It is very important to listen and understand the topic before you air your opinions.
* Spending a little time analyzing the topic may provide you with insights which others may not have thought about. Use a pen and paper to jot down your ideas.
* Listen! It gives you the time to conceptualize and present the information in a better manner.

Some mistakes are irreparable. Starting off the group discussion with a mistake is one such mistake, unless you have a great sense of humor.

Managing one's insecurities
Sumati was very nervous. She thought that some of the other candidates were exceptionally good. Thanks to her insecurity, she contributed little to the discussion. Even when she was asked to comment on a particular point, she preferred to remain silent.

* Your personality is also being evaluated. Your verbal and non verbal cues are being read.
* Remember, you are the participant in the GD; not the evaluator. So, rather than evaluating others and your performance, participate in the discussion.
* Your confidence level is being evaluated. Decent communication skills with good confidence is a must to crack the GDs.

Focus on your strengths and do not spend too much time thinking about how others are superior or inferior to you. It is easy to pick up these cues from your body language.
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Re: MBA Group Discussion(GD) - Common Mistakes - January 16th, 2008

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Re: MBA Group Discussion(GD) - Common Mistakes - April 30th, 2008

common mistakes -

guys there is an important thing in a GD.. that is the topic ... the topic which is given might be a conflicting one .. so we have think twice or thrice about the topic ..we have talk in a neutral manner .. especially guys wen we r in the midst of women.. we can certainly feel the aggression while on d move

2.giving statistical data ..s its important but a real factual one an updated one.

3. appreciating and agreeing if the point is right .. this will add a value for d person cos .. how much u r adjustable and how much u r respecting ur peers ideas wen u r in an organisation .that doesnt mean that u shud keep our mouth shut for certain things .. u cud tell them in a polite way .. eg .- i feel that the idea given would be taken in a different way ... n so on ..
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Re: MBA Group Discussion(GD) - Common Mistakes - May 25th, 2009

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Re: MBA Group Discussion(GD) - Common Mistakes - October 31st, 2009

Hi friends just joined the forum. Well I am in touch with my seniors who have made it to the top B schools of the country and one top mistake is that being vocal does not help always. They are looking at individuals who can hear the other persons opinion and can go ahead and ponder on it and follow it up with something beyond it
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Re: MBA Group Discussion(GD) - Common Mistakes - November 1st, 2009

Very true... I have faced many GDs myself. Often the person selected is the one who spoke sense and not the ones who spoke...
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Re: MBA Group Discussion(GD) - Common Mistakes - February 28th, 2011

hey wats all about insecurities. i have so many insecurities and i dont know how to control them. sometimes i do good but most of the times i just cant concentrate. help me
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the mistake i always make is being over dominant
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