I’m not sure when it started or who thought it would be a good closing statement, but it’s time you stopped asking the most annoying question during an interview:
“What do you think of my candidacy? Will you be passing me along to the next round?”
It sounds benign. I mean, of course you want to know if the interviewer feels that you are qualified for the job, if you have a chance to continue on to the next round. But what are you expecting the interviewer to actually say to you?
You are making the most annoying mistake – putting the interviewer on the spot. Most people aren’t going to tell you that you’re an awful candidate and if they say they are sending you along, they don’t want to give you false hope.
The process is simple – the interviewer, let’s just say the recruiter, is either going to think you are qualified to be considered as a candidate or not. But that’s about all the say they have in the process. They either pass your resume along to the hiring manager… or not. Who the hiring manager decides to interview or feels is a good fit for what he/she is seeking, is what propels you to the next round.
Even if you were the recruiter’s favorite candidate, the hiring manager may take one look at your resume and think you are lacking a huge skillset or necessary qualification. So regardless if the recruiter passes your resume along or not, you may not ever get the next interview.