Previously, I have had this group discussion as a part of a recruitment process. I think the purpose of this discussion was so that the recruiter can see our attitude when working in team. We were told to read a case study and then solve it together afterwards. The recruiter lets us decide how we want to do the discussion.
At that moment, I failed and did not pass to the next round of the recruitment process. Thinking again, when I lead the discussion I think I wasn't effective back then, as our discussion did not get into a concluded solution.
Fortunately, there's no one who takes the initiative to take the lead for the discussion, so I did (I think I'll get a point for that because I stand out). The approach that I took was let each team member express their opinion on the case, after that we focus on developing the solution. I think here is where I didn't get it right.
After that I state the list of argument from each person and try to conclude by myself on what is the best solution and I take the same approach again, let each team member express what do they think. There's a lot of disagreement there, hence the discussion becomes messy, going back-and-forth, and after the discussion time ended, we did not get to conclude what's the best solution for the given case.
My question is, what's the right approach to lead the discussion in this situation? I think it is harder to do because we are all equal in position (everyone involved is an employee candidate), so I cannot just decide the solution by myself as I'm also not the expert. Additionally, if I really took control on the decision I'm afraid of being judged by the recruiter that I'm too dominant.
I really want to know it in a step-by-step manner. I feel like I'm not really clear on what I should do right after everyone has stated their opinion. I think that by starting the next discussion with my opinion on what's the key problem (by concluding everyone's opinion) and what's the solution isn't really effective (as I failed with this method before). Or is it effective?