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QUICK GD PI TIPS

These are extremely powerful and immediately implementable tips that can improve your performance rapidly. Read each with an open mind, digest, and implement. All the best - Kar ke dikhayenge!

QUICK GD PI TIP # 36

Conviction is everything. An interviewer gets most impressed by it. A GD moderator loves it. A WAT checker swears by it. Conviction in what you truly believe in, what you say, what you do. It does not matter if your views match those of the examiner's. What matters is how sure you are of what you believe in, how politely you put forward the same with facts/figures, and how it matches your overall career objectives.

Work on your conviction. That's your biggest hope!

QUICK GD PI TIP # 35

WAT checks your most basic managerial ability to write consistently, and articulately. It tries to gauge if you can pen your thoughts as nicely as you 'speak them out'.. if you are as legible and interesting to read as to hear.. and if you will be able to handle managerial communication in your career.

QUICK GD PI TIP # 34

You participate in a GD to project yourself, sell yourself and get yourself selected. You do not participate to pull others down by proving them wrong.

You participate in a GD to project yourself, sell yourself and get yourself selected. You do not participate to pull others down by proving them wrong.

You participate in a GD to project yourself, sell yourself and get yourself selected. You do not participate to pull others down by proving them wrong.

Enough said :)

QUICK GD PI TIP # 33

Do not get trapped in your own word-play. Using complex words /phrases while answering, with an aim to impress, can create verbal traps for you.

Hence, the eternally applicable KISS,S principle. Keep It Short and Simple, Stupid. It is a great tool to stay out of a lot of mess, not only in interviews, but everywhere!

This is not to say that you do not elaborate when needed; it is only a reminder that you must stay focussed and speak 'simply' as much as possible.

QUICK GD PI TIP # 32

An ideal resume for a 20-something fresher is of a magical size - exactly 1 page. Not more, not less.

Resist all temptation to go beyond a page. And ensure that it fills up one full page. Put your best, structured foot forward. This rule hold for youngsters with 2 or 3 years of work experience, too.

Resumes of 2/3 pages look good only for senior professionals. Remember that always.

QUICK GD PI TIP # 31

Do not get demoralised if the interviewers ask you a question or two (or three!) on your deeply held belief. They are not disbelieving you. Rather, they are cross-checking how deeply you actually believe in your "beliefs".

Many youngsters consider the act of getting questioned (on their beliefs) as a proof of the interviewers' rejection of their beliefs. It is not so. The interviewer is merely following his dharma - asking questions. You should follow yours - answering with a cheer and confidence.

QUICK GD PI TIP # 30

Be consistent in what you say and project. It should be the same throughout -- in your written answers, SoPs, Application Forms, GDs, GEs, and Personal Interviews.

Your core beliefs cannot change from platform to platform. They have to be clear in your head, and firm in their position.

This consistency will bring a lot of confidence in your voice and demeanour.

QUICK GD PI TIP # 29

Q. What will happen if I fail (in) this personal interview?
This is a fear that actually drives people nuts. They sweat, tremble, and scare themselves to death fearing defeat.

Instead, realise the truth - The worst that an interviewer can do to you is fail you. He can do nothing worse than that. He cannot take away your life, your relationships, your happiness, your destiny from you.

Defeats are a part of life. Don't be scared. Even Lord Krishna had to accept temporary defeat when he left Mathura and shifted to Dwarka. You are a mere mortal. Take it easy. Take the possibility of "defeat" in your stride. There will be many more opportunities ahead.

This is not to say that you become a fatalist or a defeatist. Far from it. This is to motivate you to become a realistic optimist.

QUICK GD PI TIP # 28

Humour and Wit are potent, and dangerous weapons. Used with maturity, they can bring a smile on the interviewers' faces. Used carelessly, they can make you look like a fool.

If you are an absolute fresher, with challenged communication skills, avoid being humorous, and definitely avoid being witty. Some age, some more maturity, and better communication skills will gradually help you become more relaxed and witty - but that'll happen later.

However if humour arises naturally in an interview, let it. Good for you.

QUICK GD PI TIP # 27

Believe in yourself. Believe in yourself so firmly that when the ask you what your life plan is, the conviction with which you answer makes them wonder if they missed something in their lives!

"You have to let it all go. Fear, Doubt, Disbelief. Free your mind." - Morpheus to Neo in The Matrix.

QUICK GD PI TIP # 26

When offered tea, coffee, cigarette or biscuits in an interview, it is best to thank and politely refuse. At times, the offer is purely formal, and you are expected to say no. If they insist, you may try a polite no again, and if they really want you to have it, take it, take a bite/sip, and gently keep it to the side. STAY CONCENTRATED ON THE INTERVIEW.

So it is a good idea to go with a slightly full tummy! Hunger pangs may make you pick 2 biscuits instead of saying a polite no :)

QUICK GD PI TIP # 25

Patronising behaviour in a GD is a bad idea. Participate meaningfully, listen when not speaking, and avoid sarcastic smiles towards others. Be involved throughout.

QUICK GD PI TIP # 24

When you say something in a GD, be ready to be questioned upon it in the personal interview also. Thus, while making a very strong argument or a technical statement in a GD, be ready to face it at a greater depth in the interview.

QUICK GD PI TIP # 23

Never get into a one to one argument with anyone. It hurts you, the other person, and the whole group. Make your point to the whole group, not to any one person.

QUICK GD PI TIP # 22

In our race to be outstanding in a GD, the most obvious truths related to the topics are often missed out. Be careful to avoid any such pitfall. Think simply first.

For ex. in a topic like "Exports - the panacea for Indian economy", do not miss out on the the remaking of world economy post 2008 global meltdown, the most obvious truth.

QUICK GD PI TIP # 21

The surest way of getting rejected in an interview is through an utter lack of the most precious commodity : humility.

Lack of humility puts arrogance in your answers, stuffs your head with airs about your achievements, and confuses your vision and clarity. And interviewers really hate it!

QUICK GD PI TIP # 20

The first person to speak in a GD must do three things surely : 1. Must start softly with a good wish for everyone (a good morning, for example), 2. Must define the topic most broadly and generally rather than going into the specifics, and 3. Must create a positive canvas for everyone else to feel comfortable to participate in.

If the start is excellent, the flow will generally be very good. If the start if faulty or technically wrong, it can end in a disaster.

QUICK GD PI TIP # 19

If you are asked (by the moderator) to summarise a GD, then quickly put forward 3 or 4 of the most important perspectives that had emerged in the GD. Finish it off with your viewpoint.

If you are asked to conclude a GD, then present your perspective on the topic in 3 or 4 sentences and conclude.

Never mix the two.

QUICK GD PI TIP # 18

When you face the interviewers, think of what they are thinking. What they are expecting. What they would love to see. The confidence, cheer, and intelligence they would love to experience. And quickly calibrate your answers to that level.

When you make an excuse that you could not realise what they wanted, it is precisely that - an excuse. Someone really serious about their career (their entire future) cannot and will not make a silly excuse like that. Simulate that in your mind multiple times.

And you are doing no favour to anyone but yourself. ATB.

QUICK GD PI TIP # 17

These is a better place than a GD to sit quiet and remain pensive - a lakeside. If you are in a GD, you better speak. You better speak for your future, for your selection, for your own dignity. Staying quiet may earn you laurels later on during crisis (for possessing equanimity of mind!) but right now, right here - you BETTER SPEAK UP and make yourself heard.

QUICK GD PI TIP # 16

If you do not understand the topic at all, then keep your mouth shut. Let at least 2 or 3 people speak up, and then assess who sounds most confident and articulate. Pick up from there, and add your points. Be alert in case you go wrong initially, and do course-correction accordingly.

A classic example can be a topic like - "The Stockholm Syndrome"

QUICK GD PI TIP # 15

Confidence is the key. It is not necessary that the person asking the questions knows the exact answers to each one. So be confident, but don't bluff blindly.

QUICK GD PI TIP # 14

Be alert throughout the GD for your chance to speak. Get involved. See others' body language and reactions to gauge when the dip in decibel will arise, giving an entry opportunity. Never lose heart, till the last minute. One well made entry and well executed contribution is worth ten useless ramblings.

:: Hope is the essence of success ::

QUICK GD PI TIP # 13

The interviewers love it when you have carefully read the top stories of the immediate 10-15 days preceding the interview. It makes you look updated, and serious. So that's one thing you should not miss out on.

:: Tamso Maa Jyotirgamaya ::

QUICK GD PI TIP # 12

When you get aggressive with someone in your GD, remember the other person can get back at you with twice the force. Never under-estimate anyone. Never over-estimate anyone. Be your natural good self.

:: Sarve santu niramaya ::

QUICK GD PI TIP # 11

Wear whatever you feel comfortable with. And make sure whatever you wear makes the interviewers feel comfortable too.

:: Sarve bhavantu sukhinah ::

QUICK GD PI TIP # 10

Few of us can know everything. Even fewer can articulate everything perfectly. So, it is obvious that most of us have limitations of information and knowledge, and the Interviewers know this. Perfection is not expected, is not possible, and hence your confidence should stem from your preparation alone, not from what others seem to know.

QUICK GD PI TIP # 9

Avoid extreme stand on any topic. Middle of the road is a good strategy, just in case you cannot hold your ground on extreme stands.

QUICK GD PI TIP # 8

Unless I am Clint Eastwood or Margaret Thatcher, I should speak English with an Indian accent. My own accent. Whatever it is, howsoever stupid it may sound. I must believe my accent is the best accent.

QUICK GD PI TIP # 7

The other guy is as scared as I am. So why worry :)

QUICK GD PI TIP # 6

Genuine confidence comes from genuine preparation.

QUICK GD PI TIP # 5

A good quality certificate of achievement is worth a thousand words.

QUICK GD PI TIP # 4

In a GD, never form a small group with your immediate neighbour(s). Talk to the whole group. It will require better body language and eye-contact but that is the right way to do it.

QUICK GD PI TIP # 3

Never cast a sarcastic smile at anyone during a GD. It will bounce back on you with full force. Be involved when others speak - the least you should do is be neutral.

QUICK GD PI TIP # 2

Speaking too little in an interview may be a bad idea. Observe the panel's body language and if you feel they expected more - then speak more. Do not leave them hungry - they expect to know as much as possible about you.

QUICK GD PI TIP # 1

If you do not understand the GD topic, keep quiet till at least 2 people have spoken. Then pick up from there and add your points. Never feel you have lost it because the examiner doesn't know you didn't know :)

           
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