I am a candidate for two very similar positions at the same governmental agency. The positions are in two separate departments and buildings, so the hiring managers probably have no clue I am being considered for each one. I interviewed for both -- I am almost in the door for one and am a top candidate for the other.
The first position pays around 45k, and I have already been informally offered the job. Since it's a government position, it takes time to receive an official offer letter. The second I know I am a top candidate for because they are about to call my current supervisor for a reference.
I am more inclined to take the first position, even though the second pays more (48-50k). There is no true reason for my decision, I am simply going with what I was offered first. I feel some pressure to consider the other position -- a family friend basically helped me to get the interview, and it pays more (48-50k).
**My main question is what is the best etiquette for a person in my position? Would it be more professional to tell both hiring managers? What would be an example or the best way to do that? **
This has never happened to me before, so I am really clueless. During my previous attempts at a job search, it was a struggle to even get in the door for an interview.