Road to GD-PI: Tips for tackling Case Studies as a GD topic

Among all types of Group Discussions, a major one is Case Studies. In this article we discuss how to tackle Case Studies as a GD topic.

What is Case Study?
Case Study is that type of Group Discussion which involves caselets dealing with real life predicament in the corporate world. The question which is dealt at the end of the discussion is posed from the point of view of the stakeholders.

You must remember that discussing a case involves a certain methodology wherein the background of the situation is stated along with the objective of the stakeholder; various options are evaluated and then a choice is made with mention of a fallback plan.

During the Case Study

You will be given a set of information, a situation, a problem and you will be expected to produce the probable solution of the case.

— If you are given a role which you are supposed to play at the end of the caselet then in such a scenario you should step into that X/Y/Z’s shoes, look at the problem from his/her angles, and discuss the case accordingly.
— If you are to discuss it from a third party point of view, you have to look at it in a more holistic way. In case, the case is not specific in this regard, then you could assume the role of a third- party consultant, look at the case objectively from all angles, and discuss it likewise.
— You will need to develop and present a framework. Always remember to include SWOT – Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats while discussing the case study.

You don’t need to stick rigidly to a framework but use it to frame your answer.

Use of information

— Experts advise candidates to use as much information provided to them.
— If you are making an assumption, state it, and then proceed.
— Analyze information, conclude, act and recommend action.
— Be logical and clear in your reasoning. But you must not get carried away by others.
— It is quite possible that your other group members may not logically solve the case in the manner desired. It is recommended that you stick to the structure while analyzing the case to shape your thought processes, as your attempts will definitely stand out and be noticed.

Written Case Studies
In case you are asked to present the Case Study in a written form, make sure you present it well. With written case studies remember to think about your presentation – use paragraphs and bullet points to make your points clear.

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