Is this some sort of joke?  Or is it that Tesla and Apple are having some sort of odd competition to see which company can recruit more talent from the other?

Tesla has taken it up a notch with its latest "acquisition" from Apple.

According to 9to5Mac:

"Tesla has taken its recruiting of Apple employees to the next level: the electric car and energy company has hired away Apple’s Senior Director of Corporate Recruiting, Cindy Nicola, to become its new Vice President of Global Recruiting. Nicola has already noted her now role and start month of May on her LinkedIn profile."

"Notably, Apple actually hired away Tesla’s Lead Recruiter in 2014 for its own electric car project, as we noted in our extensive profile of Apple’s automotive related hires. Interestingly, that former Tesla recruiter Lauren Ciminera has already left Apple to work on a new “confidential” project, according to her own LinkedIn page and confirmation from a source."

Elon Musk previously stated that Tesla poaches 5 times the amount of employees from Apple as Apple does from Tesla, so this sure looks like its some sort of competitive thing. And Elon hates losing, so by snatching Tesla head of recruiting, it's almost guaranteed that Tesla will keep on winning whatever it is that's going on here.

Source: 9to5Mac