FGD & Interview 101: Mastering Your FGD & Interview

Group Discussions

There are two types of Group Discussions:

– Leaderless Group Discussion (No facilitator from assessor)

– Focus Group Discussion (There will be a facilitator from assessor) 

You will be given a case to solve your character, ability to think critically, work, and discuss in a group will be assessed. General scoring matrices are: – Participation – Accommodation – Argumentation 

Do’s and Don’t

 1. 8 Science-based Strategies for Critical thinking: 

– Challenge all assumptions

– Suspending judgment

– Revising conclusion based on new evidence

– Emphasizing data over belief

– Testing of Ideas

– Having the perspective of “mistakes are data”

– Considering all ideas without (always) accepting them 

– Looking for what others have missed

2. Lead without dominating: 

– Facilitating 

– Accommodating

3. Listen and take notes to what others are saying: 

– To link/agree/use the idea later if it’s relevant (don’t forget 

to give credits)

– To give counter arguments

4. Be mindful about the time 

You will be assessed whether or not you are suitable with the company/organization you are applying to.

Do’s and Don’ts

1. Do your research regarding the company 

– Look for what kind of people they are looking for

– Look for their values

2. Make a good impression right from the start 

– Dress well

– Smile

– Have a firm handshake with the interviewer

– Do not visibly look nervous!

3. Make sure you re-read your CV beforehand. 

You need to be able to account to what you’ve written in your CV

4. When asked to tell about yourself: 

– Do not recount your CV

– Tell them your name, brief background, and interests that might differ you from other candidates

– Tell them why you are interested to the position, connected with the previous point

5. When given the chance, ask questions about the company 

– It shows your eagerness

– You may even ask about the things you’ve researched. It shows that you’ve done your research but wishes to know more

6. Don’t be too modest! 

– You need to pitch/”sell” yourself

– Own your achievements

7. Answer everything honestly and firmly. 

Always know what you will say next; don’t ramble.

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