Accidentally, someone found Apple’s ‘hidden’ job ad.
The job advertisement for an engineer was hidden among other ads on the company’s website.
The ad starts out with a cute intro telling the job applicant that he or she has successfully found the ad. The ad goes on to say that Apple wants to hire an engineer that can help to build a very important and needed infrastructure component.
However, the ad is no longer visible. Either it has found an even deeper hiding place or it has been completely removed from the website.
Zack Whittaker, a cyber-security reporter, accidentally found the ad while he was looking at something pertaining to iPhone apps. He was not looking for a new job. He says that it was linked to a URL that he was searching. The web address was “us-east-1.blobstore.apple.com” That particular link now shows as an error message. The Apple series of servers is called Blobstore. The BBC contacted Apple about this matter.
Whittaker said he was glad that he accidentally found this job advertisement. He thought that Apple’s approach to announcing job availability was very innovative and interesting.
What qualifications did Apple’s ‘hidden’ job ad ask for? The job applicant has to have experience with modern server technology and distributed systems. Whittaker joked that Apple was not looking to hire him anytime soon.
Why was this job ad hidden? Is Apple the only company that uses this form of recruitment? Actually, companies have recruited applicants in this manner for a very long time. For instance, during WWII, code breaking company Bletchley used newspaper puzzles to recruit new employees.
Most recently, in 2015, British company Dyson created four challenges and put them in a YouTube video. In 2015, GCHQ used graffiti and quizzes to gain new employees.
Max Rosett, a former engineer with Google, wrote an article about how he found a hidden job while searching online. He wanted to make a job change and searched for different programming terms. During one particular search, a box came up in the search results that asked him if he was ready to take on a challenge. He had to solve a lot of online problems, but Google ended up hiring him in the end.
According to Professor Alan Woodward from Surrey University, an engineer has to know how to solve problems. This is especially important if you want to be a cyber-security specialist, and solving puzzles is a great skill to have.