Dilemma in those Group Discussions.


Dilemma is a situation that requires a choice between options that seem equally unfavorable or mutually exclusive.
We had a group discussion session in our college a few days ago. My GD went well.
But, after listening to every person’s GD, I was left in a dilemma.

Some of the common topics of discussion were:


Corruption in Democracy.

Professionalism v/s Family.
Love Marriage v/s Arrange Marriage.
Bringing Religion into Politics etc.

Now, my issue over dilemma is that: In any sort of GD (i.e. either job-related, competitive, or general), what are we supposed to speak?
Should we choose the topic that has more sub-topics to shoot, the ones on which the others can’t possibly argue or contradict? Or should we choose the topic that we strongly believe in?
Is the discussion only for winning over others or to impress the interviewer or for superiority among friends?
I just don’t get the whole point behind it then.
According to me, the interviewer or the judge would like to watch and listen the clarity of one’s thoughts, the language, the moral values etc. in a job applicant or a GD participant.
What’s the use if one starts discussing about things that he/she personally opposes, but is supporting that idea in a GD just for the sake of getting more points or because he thinks that doing this will put them on forefront?
This is rubbish. This is cheat.
For e.g: In one GD, I heard students of my class supporting Corruption because they thought that they had more points to speak about. The worst part was that, the teacher concluded it saying, “Listening to the GD, I draw a conclusion that corruption is good at individual level i.e. It gives a short-cut to do some jobs and after-all everyone has certain selfish motives.”………and I was left spellbound.
Some of the students were told in a Workshop on Aptitude Development(WAD), that if you see that the other group members have chosen a certain topic, try to choose the other or one more contradictory.
Because that way, one gets more examples and more input of to speak.
(May be, this is not what they told at WAD, but, that’s what the students extracted out of the workshop.)

My dilemma still continues because I am confused about what to speak, where and when? 😀
But, I know a thing for sure: When I build my organization, I would never give a job to a person who has:
“Dakhwayche daat vegale aani Khanyache daat vegale!” 🙂
I think, in any kind of GD, we should speak out the truth at heart.
That way, we cheat no one and make sure that the conclusion of any GD ends on a good note!

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One thought on “Dilemma in those Group Discussions.

  1. Alright. Time for some gyaan.

    I’ve been in the corporate world for quite some time now. Let me tell you – I’ve not faced a real life GD like situation yet; not even once. That is, I haven’t been in a situation, where the team mates or colleagues had to ‘prove their point’ and take a stand.

    I believe GDs were invented by someone idiot who thought ability to ‘prove ones’ point’ in a group of intellectuals, is a dimension of personality. I think that’s stupid. I’ve faced so many GDs and let me tell you, its rubbish.

    Now coming back to the point – what stand should one take in a GD – there’s a rule of thumb. Understanding your purpose in taking part in a GD. That does not mean you should take a stand that gives you more points to speak. In fact, you won’t be able to speak a lot on something you aren’t convinced about. People who do, are just borrowing someone else’s thoughts and its so easy to cross their points and make them appear idiots in the group.

    So, you better stick to what you believe in. If you could post the script of the GD that concluded in “corruption is good at individual level”, I’d be able to comment more. I bet the strong point would have been “Corruption gets my work done, so I’m ok with it”.

    Mind well, the key to cracking GDs is to be well read in diverse topics. It gives you enough points to support whatever you say.

    All said – do not give a damn to GDs. They are so unreal.

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