Purple squirrels: Hiring the ultimate game changers

During my 20 plus years as an executive search consultant, I have attended a number of events where I have repeatedly heard companies boast of how they hire only the very best people, the crème de la crème – those who not only have a first class degree but who are also able to think “outside the box”, be creative, etc. Paradoxically, they will then shunt candidates into a standardized recruitment process where the tests and interviews that follow have little or nothing to do with the actual positions for which these candidates are applying, or being considered.