What your interviewer asked is logical question. A person who handles finances or accounts worth of Rs 100 Cr of his company, when shows readiness to climb down for the sake of career growth brings out mismatch in the argument. Real career growth would happen when a person would move from 100 Cr to 200 Cr and from there 500 Cr or even greater than that.
Probably the argument was unpalatable to an interviewer and he became distrustful. Possibly he perceived that there could be some internal turmoil that made candidate desperate and out of his desperation candidate wanted to grab whatever comes to his hand.
Opposite of what happened with you is also true. There are companies in every industry that are industry leaders. People from these companies are poached by other unbranded companies. For every branded company, there are other 100+ unbranded companies and these companies consider a candidate from well-established company as a prized catch. However, this did not happen with you.
Anyway, all employers are not same. But then next time, appear for the interview only if company says that their turnover is far more than Rs 100 Cr.
To avoid repetition of this unpleasant episode, you may choose a company that has turnover more than Rs 200 Cr. In India, looking for a company that has turnover more than Rs 200 Cr is not great. There are thousands of companies in Hyderabad. Secondly, even if you get inbound call from some company that has smaller turnover, you may ask them whether it will be acceptable to them a candidate who works in a company that has financial turnover of Rs 100 Cr. With this prior approval, you can save yourself from this embarrassing situation in the interview.
Nevertheless, my strong recommendation is to look upward and choose a company that has Rs 200 Cr and above turnover. Today if you come down below Rs 100 Cr for the sake of salary, while looking for a job after 5-6 years, you may have to set a target to look a company that has turnover of Rs 100 Cr. Therefore, it will be back to square one and you will have sense of deja vu.
All the best!
While I agree to what Mr. Divekar says about finding bigger co's for a job change , however one practical and logical answer can be given in situation similar to that of yours. You can say that in smaller co's the job role can get bigger , and challenging. Hence you are someone who likes to go after such challenges. (Rather than a set standard job role).
Let we first set aside the turnover and the money, in your earlier company assume, you might have not looked after all transactions and responsibilities, there may be restrictions and interaction with the developments and policies may be out of focus, this will certainly bring unsatisfied work experience.
Your words should be : Ofcourse, I was delighted to work with the mighty, yet, I want to put and share policy issues, commit myself still further responsibilities where I want to explore more in my career, it is the growth I want for self learning in the field...
This will prove your attention and focus of growth and money automatically come next, career growth was not simple truth of money related, money is the motivator and always not after a certain period, ofcourse, your choice and selection is there for growth.
Always, select a career after some time where you feel satisfied and not you feel life un fulfilled.....