So you've spent weeks looking for the best candidates and hours sitting in the same chair trying to figure out the one for the job, and then you find out that your favourite candidate gets a counteroffer from their current employer - Ouch!
However, you shouldn't look at this in a negative way.
At the end of the day, it means that this candidate is valuable enough for an employer to invest potentially more money to keep them within the business.
It's a familiar situation for an employee: You've applied for a new job, get a great offer, and are excited to start at a new company and tackle new challenges. All that's left is to let your managers know. But once you try to give notice, they respond with a lucrative counteroffer, promotion, or promise to make overdue changes--all to persuade you to stay.