Do really candidates try to avoid you? If not they will. The fiercely competitive job market means that a signed employment contract is no longer a solid indication that the candidate will actually show up on their first day of work. 

Other jobs and recruiters won’t stop calling just because they have agreed to take your role.

Their current company may very well offer them more money (sometimes silly money) to get them to stay. BTW, if you didn’t read Wednesday’s post on counter offers here it is:

This is one of a couple of posts that I’ve been meaning to write for a couple of months as clients began to report this behavior. 

But similar to Wednesday’s post Greg Savage beat me to it. He’s also come up with this useful graphic. 

He writes with the external recruiter in mind, but you can easily apply the same principles as a hiring manager or internal talent acquisition person.