What is purple squirrel? - Definition from WhatIs.com
Part of the Business terms glossary:

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.

This was last updated in July 2012
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

Related Terms


  • cloud computing

    - Cloud computing is a general term for the delivery of hosted services over the internet. These services are broadly divided into three categories: IaaS, PaaS and SaaS. (searchCloudComputing.com)

  • business process mapping

    - Business process mapping is the visual display of the steps involved in a business process from start to finish. (SearchCIO.com)

  • business technologist

    - A business technologist is an IT (information technology) professional with a combination of broad general knowledge of technology along with an understanding of non-technical aspects of a business... (WhatIs.com)


  • Business terms

    - Terms related to business, including definitions about project management and words and phrases about human resources, finance and vertical industries.

  • Internet applications

    - This WhatIs.com glossary contains terms related to Internet applications, including definitions about Software as a Service (SaaS) delivery models and words and phrases about web sites, e-commerce ...

Ask a Question About purple squirrelPowered by ITKnowledgeExchange.com

Get answers from your peers on your most technical challenges

Tech TalkComment



    Contribute to the conversation

    All fields are required. Comments will appear at the bottom of the article.