I can't freakin' believe it! You may recall my sagas about finding a new Database Administrator (here and here). Well, it's happened again.
We interviewed about 20 canidates for the open DBA position and narrowed the choice down to two very qualified candidates. Each had their own strengths and weaknesses. It was a difficult choice, but we finally chose one over the other and offered NewDBA2 the position. NewDBA2 thought about it for about an hour before he called us back to accept the position. A start date was scheduled for two weeks from the next Monday. As recently as yesterday, NewDBA2 contacted the recruiter and reiterated his excitement for the new position. In fact, they decided to go to lunch today to celebrate.
Then I got the call. NewDBA2 is sorry to say that he has been offered another position and can't start on Monday. Yes, Monday, three days away.
That's twice in a row. I had two people commit to a job and at the last minute they backed out. Personally, if I don't like something about the job, I just don't take it. Sigh, back to the recruiters.