If you say “yes” and elaborate enthusiastically, you could be perceived as a loose cannon in a larger company, too entrepreneurial to make a good team player…or someone who had to settle for the corporate life because you couldn’t make a go of your own business.
Also too much enthusiasm in answering “yes” could rouse the paranoia of a small company indicating that you may plan to go out on your own soon, perhaps taking some key accounts or trade secrets with you. On the other hand, if you answer “no, never” you could be perceived as a security minded drone who never dreamed a big dream.
BEST ANSWER: Again it’s best to: 1. Gauge this company’s corporate culture before answering and… 2. Be honest (which doesn’t mean you have to vividly share your fantasy of the franchise or bed-and-breakfast you someday plan to open).
In general, if the corporate culture is that of a large, formal, military-style structure, minimize any indication that you’d love to have your own business. You might say, “Oh, I may have given it a thought once or twice, but my whole career has been in larger organizations. That’s where I have excelled and where I want to be.”
If the corporate culture is closer to the free-wheeling, everybody’s-a-deal-maker variety, then emphasize that in a firm like this, you can virtually get the best of all worlds, the excitement of seeing your own ideas and plans take shape…combined with the resources and stability of a well-established organization. Sounds like the perfect environment to you.
In any case, no matter what the corporate culture, be sure to indicate that any desires about running your own show are part of your past, not your present or future. The last thing you want to project is an image of either a dreamer who failed and is now settling for the corporate cocoon…or the restless maverick who will fly out the door with key accounts, contacts and trade secrets under his arms just as soon as his bankroll has gotten rebuilt.
Always remember: Match what you want with what the position offers. The more information you’ve uncovered about the position, the more believable you can make your case.
When answering this question, it's important to be honest and to provide an answer that shows your career aspirations and interests. One way to answer this question is to say something like, "I am open to the idea of starting my own business in the future, but right now I am focused on gaining more experience and building a solid foundation in my field. I believe that the skills and knowledge I am acquiring in my current role will be valuable assets if I decide to start my own business later on." Another way to answer this question is to say something like, "I have considered starting my own business, but I am currently more interested in working with an established company where I can learn from experienced professionals and gain a diverse range of experiences. I believe that the opportunity to work with a variety of clients and projects will give me the skills and knowledge I need to start my own business in the future." You can also mention something like, "I have considered starting my own business in the past, but I am currently more interested in exploring different industries and roles. I believe that a diverse range of experiences will help me identify the best business opportunity for me in the future." It's important to note that when answering this question, you should show that you are ambitious and proactive, but also show that you are committed to the current role and the company you're applying for. It's also important to show that you are open to new opportunities, but at the same time, you should not appear as if you're not interested in the current role or that you're just using it as a stepping stone.