How To Answer “Why Do You Want To Work For a Startup Company?”

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. Down below you can find a perfect example answer: 

Example Answer (Experienced)

“Well, the entrepreneurial nature of a startup and unique experience to build something from the ground up really appeals to me. As a keen user of [Software], I’m thrilled about the prospect of contributing to [Platform] and helping accelerate [Startup XYZ]’s growth. 

I’ve already noticed many like-minded, talented and hardworking people around here. It’s exactly the positive energy, passion and excitement that I need for my personal and professional growth. That’s why I’m willing to sacrifice my current job security at [Company XYZ].”

Example Answer (No Experience)

“As a recent graduate, I need an incentive-based environment for personal and professional growth. So basically, a place that encourages me to take on more responsibilities to further improve my current skill set and strengths.

The multitude of different tasks, as listed in the job description, in a vibrant and dynamic environment is something that a similar position at an established company can’t offer. I’m also thrilled about the idea of further developing [Product X] and the potential impact my output could generate.”

Interview Question Tips

  • Don’t overemphasize your excitement to ‘chill’ in the bean bag, play ping-pong or try the self-made organic latte macchiato with caramel flavours. Instead, say that the typical startup-environment and informal work style increases your productivity and efficiency.
  • 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.”