I'm having two separate issues that kind of go hand in hand and I don't know how to handle them. Generally during my interviews with recruiters; I get told that my soft skills are excellent and for some reason this translates into the recruiter thinking I'm more of a Senior grade professional when my skills are really just Mid level (this is my first issue).
And yes, I do clarify this with my recruiters but they insist on sending me to senior level interviews. The first time this happened I was with recruiter X. Recruiter X had told me that the interview went well but that my skills were more mid level than senior BUT the company really liked me and are trying to find a spot for me in another team so I can grow. Later after not hearing back I found out that they couldn't hire me due to money/budget issues (I guess they couldn't afford my asking rate?)
I was then introduced to recruiter Y and the same exact thing happened where they sent me to a senior level interview; I Got told that I don't have the chops to be a senior but they like me enough to try and find me a spot for more of a mid-level role in another team. As of this time I haven't heard back from recruiter Y.
So now that you know the background, what in the world does "You're not a fit for a senior developer role BUT we really like you and we are trying to find a mid-level position for you in another team" really mean??
I question this because of my first experience where the recruiter didn't want to tell me that they said no in regards to money constraints so I feel like this is a way recruiters say "They don't want to hire you and we don't want to give you the reason"
If they did mean what they said then I can't wrap my head around why it takes days/weeks to find a position in another team. Typically, in the companies I worked for in the past; if we like someone, we bring them on and then find where they fit later which adds to my skepticism as well.
EDIT: Just heard back from Recruiter Y. They are telling me that this is a money based issue because the company isn't willing to pay Senior rate to a Mid Level developer. To which I responded with my rates being flexible (The company is awesome So I'd be willing to take a hit on my rate if it meant to be a part of it)
It's super frustrating that they didn't mention money being an issue earlier. I'm assuming that they now have to go back and tell the company "Hey! We can get you this guy for much cheaper now!".. Either that or It's a play so I can lower my rate lol.
Thank you for the responses!!