Purple squirrel – the perfect job candidate

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Purple squirrel is a term used by employment recruiters to describe: a job candidate with precisely the right education, experience, and qualifications that perfectly fits a job's multifaceted requirements. 

The implication is that the perfect candidate is as rare as a real-life purple squirrel. 

The purple squirrel is the holy grail of the hiring process and employers often rush into bringing them on board. Quite often in this rush, a background check is overlooked, and this given hire can sometimes turn out to be a critical risk to the organisation’s brand and reputation.

Fake purple squirrels are experts at the art of deception and avoidance of process. The key fact is: You never really know unless you check, and no employer likes to hear the words ‘if only we had checked it, we would not have ended up this way!’

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