This week our Group Chief Executive, Annette King, featured in the Evening Standard to discuss the difficulties faced when searching for ‘purple squirrels.’

A purple squirrel is the recruitment term used for a candidate who is perfect in every way. They have the best qualifications, previous experience in the field and they have been educated in to the highest standard. Unfortunately, these incredibly restrictive criteria usually mean innovative and creative candidates are often overlooked. However, here at Ogilvy, our definition is someone who does not fit into a, "cookie-cutter description of a candidate."

“Just recruiting identikit graduates is not good for innovation,” King explains. “You need diverse personalities and capabilities to come up with fantastic ideas. The difficulty is knowing where to find these purple squirrels, which is why we work with various schools, hire graduates and have a talent acquisition agency.”

For more information about our talent management system or how to become a part of the Ogilvy family, head over to our careers page now.