Here are some of the most important personality traits that a candidate should possess to do well at a GD:
-Creativity/ Out of the box thinking
-Speak pleasantly and politely to the group.
-Respect the contribution of every speaker.
-Remember that a discussion is not an argument. Learn to disagree politely.
-Think about your contribution before you speak. How best can you answer the question/ contribute to the topic?
-Try to stick to the discussion topic. Don’t introduce irrelevant information.
-Be aware of your body language when you are speaking.
-Agree with and acknowledge what you find interesting
-Lose your temper. A discussion is not an argument.
-Shout. Use a moderate tone and medium pitch.
-Use too many gestures when you speak. Gestures like finger pointing and table thumping can appear aggressive.
-Dominate the discussion. Confident speakers should allow quieter students a chance to contribute.
-Draw too much on personal experience or anecdote. Although some tutors encourage students to reflect on their own experience, remember not to generalize too much.
-Interrupt. Wait for a speaker to finish what they are saying before you speak.