Peanuts, Purple Squirrels, & the Hiring Process

Happy National Squirrel Appreciation Day!

Squirrels, with their bushy tails and nimble antics, have always held a special place in my heart. Growing up, I would watch my grandfather with the little backyard companions he had befriended over the years. His daily routine involved patiently offering peanuts, waiting until trust was established, and eventually, these furry friends would delicately pluck the treats from his hand. As I anticipated this oh-so-important day, it not only brought back sweet memories of my grandfather but also amused me as I think about talent acquisition’s never-ending quest for the elusive “purple squirrel”.

In the world of recruiting, the concept of a “purple squirrel” is not just a whimsical notion; it represents the ideal candidate sought after by sourcers and recruiters. Impeccable skills, stellar qualifications and extensive experience make this candidate a rare find—similar to finding a pink Stanley cup. Challenges abound, and recruiters often find themselves on a journey as elusive as the mythical creature they seek.

So, on this special day dedicated to our bushy-tailed friends, my thoughts drift to the efforts my grandfather invested in gaining the trust of those little woodland creatures. The nurturing process, the building of trust, and the eventual reward of a unique connection parallel the recruitment journey. Like the squirrels that learned to trust my grandfather, candidates too must feel a sense of trust and connection to fully engage and bring their unique talents to the table.

Embrace your strategic ally—HR technology. In nurturing talent, technology acts as the bridge, streamlining the recruitment process while maintaining the human touch. AI-driven tools, applicant tracking systems (ATS), and candidate relationship management (CRM) software act to nourish candidates, fostering a relationship built on trust and understanding.

Just as my grandfather’s patience paid off with the squirrels, the strategic use of HR technology allows recruiters to focus on building relationships rather than drowning in administrative tasks. Automation frees up time for meaningful interactions, creating an environment where candidates feel valued and understood.

This National Squirrel Appreciation Day let’s channel Grandpa’s commitment to his peanut-loving pals into our talent acquisition endeavors. The elusive purple squirrel isn’t just a rare find; it’s a testament to the extraordinary connections we can forge. So, lean into your HR technology and you may find that nurtured talent, who feels valued, might just be tempted to pluck an opportunity from your proffered hand.