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If You Need A Purple Squirrel, You Need A Purple Squirrel

And if a brown or grey one won’t do, then it won’t do.  In a conversation with a client yesterday about a difficult position that we just filled, they said the position had been open for two years.

Now we haven’t had it that long, but it’s clear that this is a slot that there are not a lot of potential candidates for.  On the outside looking in, it’s hard for us to believe that they could get by without filling it for that long.  However, in their view they had to have the right qualifications in that role and settling in some way would not work.  So it was better to keep looking than to fill it with the best they could find.

Every situation is different and sometimes you have to settle for the best you can find and get the position filled, but sometimes you have to wait for the purple squirrel.


Todd Kmiec


  1. May 10, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    When clients say that, I always wonder what they’re willing to do to get it. Are they willing to pay 100% fee? They’ve surely lost more than that if they waited for two years to get it. In interviews alone, they must have lost that.

    Kudos for you for taking it on.

  1. June 24, 2017 at 7:28 am

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