I started a job interview process a month ago.
I was initially contacted by an intermediate recruiter which connected me with the actual potential employer later on.
During the first interview, I told my potential boss at the end of the interview that I had questions related to perks. His response was: "there will be a HR interview where you can ask such questions".
A couple of weeks later, I receive a phone stating that I am hired, and I need to provide my ID for the preparation of the contract.
I was surprised that the HR interview skipped, but then I decided to proceed rather than stall the process.
When I received the contract, and I discovered, after reading it, that some default perk was missing, and as I have been an employee for a decade, this perk was a prerequisite for me.
I asked over the phone the HR manager, who was very open and said they are planning to establish this perk using an alternative product, which is not good news for me.
Moreover, my situation changed, and it's in my advantage to spend more months with my current employer for personal reasons.
Therefore, my priorities changed.
Meanwhile, I discovered that I didn't negotiate my salary as I should.
Consequently, I decided to refuse this contract last Friday, first because of the missing perk, and second because my priorities changed.
Eventually, the recruiter contacted me today and told me that they have a problem because of my rejection.
I explained the reasons above, and I added that I realized that I am not ready to resign from my current position for such a minor salary raise with a missing perk.
I added that I sent my refusal explaination along with the rejection email. I only stated to the employer that my reason for refusing was related to the missing perk.
The recruiter told me that he is going to talk to this employer again about me, and he will mention that they should do something about the missing perk, and he will try to gracefully inject the fact that I would a better salary.
Did this recruiter contact me to hear my version to understand what went on actually?
Or did they contact me to refine the employer's proposal?
Or is there any other reason?