I am holding a scholarship right now that is co-founded by a company (say company A). In an interview I had recently with a competitor of this company (say company B), the interviewer asked my why I decided against applying for company A, given that I already know them from by scholarship, and for the one where I had the interview instead, i.e. company B.
I said something about the reputation of company B being better and that people I know who work in the field recommended me to apply for that one rather than the one that co-founds my scholarship. However, I was really unsure whether this was an appropriate answer. Since I might run into this/a similar situation again, I would like to ask what an appropriate response to such a questions would be in the following situations:
- If I did indeed not apply for company A, for whatever reason.
- If I did apply for company A, but ended up declining their offer.
- If I did apply for company A, but got a rejection.
EDIT: I edited the post in order the clarify which company was which