When applying for a job at a startup company, you may encounter the following interview question: “Why do you want to work for a startup company?”
Other similar questions are: “What interests you about this position instead of a corporate job?” OR “Why do you want to join a startup over an established company?”
The reason why interviewers ask this question is to gauge someone’s motivation and dedication to grow with the startup. It’s also a great question to see if you are familiar with their product, business plan and company structure. Check out my example answers:
√ Do explain in greater detail the things that make you feel excited about their startup company. For example, “I’m a keen user of [Product X] because of [Reason]” OR “I’ve had the opportunity to speak to your colleague, [Name Surname], and his description about [Topic] excites me.”
X Don’t overemphasize your excitement to ‘chill’ in the bean bag, play ping-pong or try the self-made organic latte macchiato with caramel flavors. Instead, say that the typical startup-environment and informal work style increases your productivity and efficiency.