Last week I had a second interview for an HR Specialist position. That same day, I had a first interview for an HR Generalist position. Both hiring managers have called me in for a follow up interview. I thought that I really wanted the Specialist position, but now I’m torn.
Here are the specs: the Specialist position is with a start up type of company. They’ve worked with some pretty cool brands, including Oprah. They got to MEET OPRAH. The job seems fast paced, is with a young crowd, and is similar to the company where I last worked (company happy hours, company wide meetings). They use a payroll system I know like the back of my hand. The office is about an hour from my house, and the pay is in a range I’m comfortable with. The next steps are meeting with the Hr Director, CFO, and CEO. I think it’s between me and 2 other candidates.
The Generalist position is a more established company. They recently acquired another firm and have a ton of employees, the most I’ve ever worked with. They use a rather dated payroll system, but I’d only be double checking payroll. The hours are from 8:30-5:30, but I can walk to work. The company has room for growth–within a year or two, I could move into the HR Manager/Director role. They’d also be willing to pay for me to become certified, which is huge in this industry. While I’m one of 5 candidates in the running, I’m told I’m in the top.
So here’s my problem. While neither company has made me an offer yet, I can’t decide which would be a better place for me. I’m looking to take my career to the next level, and the Generalist position seems like it would be better for that. However, I feel like I might become bored in the job. The Specialist position is a young, fun place to be, and the pay’s about 10k higher. I don’t know if I’d have room to negotiate a higher salary with the Generalist position, because the manager told me what his budget is. If they start me at the top of his budget, it’s still about 5k more than I made in my last position. So help me out, guys. Which seems like the better option?