This is from my good friend David Lieber, CEO of Ramapost.
A purple squirrel is a metaphor used by recruiters and human relationship managers to describe the perfect job candidate. Because squirrels in the real world are not often purple, the implication is that finding the perfect job candidate with exactly the right qualifications, education and salary expectations can be a daunting – if not impossible -- task.
It seems that everyone is looking for the “purple squirrel” and cant find them! The answer is finding good “potential” candidates and training them really well.