Group discussions are popular assessment tools during interviews in many companies in India. I am not aware of this practice being undertaken in the US, although there are many benefits to this approach.
Candidates are placed into groups of 6-10 and given a topic to discuss. Sometimes, group members are given five minutes to plan their stance before starting.
Group discussion activities help the assessors understand the candidate on any of these aspects:
Group Work Skills
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