That makes sense. I was hired 3.5 years ago as a contractor, converted to FT after 2 years, then promoted to ppl manager after another year. That gave me enough time to become pretty knowledgeable about how things work, and the business… at least as much as I could be in a totally wack environment. I was already coaching and developing new team members so it felt fine to move to managing a couple of them. Like you, I applied for a higher level job but I lacked industry experience and they offered me something else. That probably turned out for the best. But if they offer you the higher level job, you can fake it til you make it, read up on the topics you need to, watch people who are doing it well and reach out ti them for advice etc.