To illegally, or without the owner's permission, take possession of something by surreptitiously taking or carrying it away.According to a legal dictionary (http://www.duhaime.org/LegalDictionary/S/Steal.aspx):
The taking of something from another without any legal right to do so.Now that that is out of the way, let us look at how someone gets hired. An employer hires someone because they believe that their business would have an net benefit should this person be hired. There is no other reason, although there are several reasons why a candidate might improve the business. For example, my local hockey arena would not hire a secretary, full time IT professional, or CEO. That is because, despite the valuable services that these members might bring, the cost is too high (remember, probably the only full time staff are the kitchen people and the Zamboni driver).