• GD or ‘Group Discussion‘ is a methodology conducted mainly by organizations to test a person’s eligibility and skills for a particular job.
  • This practice is evolved from Usenet in the early ’80s, an early computer network that was developed for the discussion of topics and sharing of files.
  • A list of skills is tested among which communication skills, leadership skills, interpersonal skills, analytical skills, reasoning ability, assertiveness, flexibility and creativeness are judged.
  • GD is more commonly practised in areas of corporate jobs or technical ones, in entrance tests to some institutes or organizations and recruitments.
  • Nowadays, mostly every company sends its shortlisted employees through a GD to analyze their skills, capabilities and personalities to some extent.

Yes – Group Discussion should be compulsory in the hiring process:

  • GD is good medicine for those who are shy and unsocial or introverts who prefer their own company. Taking them through a process where human interaction and public speaking is required, will burst that bubble and arouse confidence within them which is required for an office environment.
  • Group Discussions prepares the employees for a corporate life where they have to be excellent at speaking skills, efficient in interaction with bosses and clients, lead meetings and much more. GD proves to be the tutorial to these types of jobs and hence, it is a very crucial part to be tested before hiring. A corporate company would not like to hire an inefficient employee who would be a disaster in communicating and waste their revenues.
  • Every job requires teamwork, and for that, leadership skills, proper etiquette and communication skills are required. GD keeps a check on all these qualities within an employee. Thus, a GD before hiring will be beneficial to companies that lead projects as a team in coordination.
  • As GD involves communication along with proper reasoning, it instils confidence to speak opinions as well as gives the ability to think from new dimensions about topics and expand their knowledge from the others. It also prepares one for interviews in the future. With such advantages in hand, GD can be made compulsory for hiring.
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No – Group Discussion should be compulsory in the hiring process:

  • For a technical based job, a group discussion seems redundant. A person with proper technical knowledge might be bad at GDs and may get rejected for the job causing a loss for the company. A GD is well and fine for a corporate based job, but not for technical jobs where meetings and discussions may be rare.
  • It follows from the previous point that a GD should not be the ultimate screening for hiring. GD can be a part of the employing process but other skills and qualifications should be kept in mind while selecting the candidates. Making GD compulsory while hiring might be a loss in terms of quality for non-corporate jobs where educational and technical efficiency is required.
  • For introverted and shy people, GD might be stressful at times. Stepping out of the comfort zone is always difficult and hence, GD seems very difficult for some people. Such an option for getting a job can be an additional burden. 


A Group Discussion is more of a technique than a test. It can be a way to find out a person’s attitude, personality, etiquette, potential and knowledge about the topic related to his job. The practice of group discussions has been going on in institutes and colleges which prepare the students for an actual interview beforehand. However, GD should be made compulsory where communication requirements and interactions are mandatory instead of making it compulsory for every job.

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  • kumari, Dec 23, 2020 @ 1:53 pm Reply

    yes,i agree with group discussion is compulsary in selection process, but this is not a elimanation round, took points based on their performance. because even if a corporate job or technical job every one discuss about teachnical subjects or, discussion is mandatory

  • Subham kumar singh, Sep 1, 2020 @ 10:17 am Reply

    Yes, I do agree with what you have noted above. Gd is important for corporate jobs which require discussions and meetings on a regular basis vis-a-vis jobs that don’t require so. But, yes it’s good instrument to find aptitudes like : Communication skills, presentation skills, Attentive skills, Command over strange topics etc. These mentioned skills are nowadays considered prerequisite to one’s selection and therefore can’t be ignored. I think it’s a good technique to find multi-talented candidates.

  • Tinku paul, Aug 27, 2020 @ 9:18 am Reply

    According to me group discussion should be compulsory in hiring process- actually group discussion is like gossiping with each other friend and to express their opinions. It’s a team work, anybody can’t work alone I e all candidates have to cooperate with each other and from way of talking authority can understand their attitude, etiquette , depth of knowledge and confidence of work of this area etc. When they take the interview they can’t understand all side of the candidates but through group discussion , authority can judge them . So it is very essential to hire the candidate.

  • REETU Singh, Oct 15, 2019 @ 7:18 pm Reply

    Her I wanted to suggest that “gd” is generally for testing the confidence level in individual with respect to group. How we wear our confidence to show./ present our knowledge in front of others .

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