Monday, 21 August 2017

Your interview starts now: Apple hides engineer job application deep within its website - and congratulates those who can locate it with the message 'Hey there! You found us'

There's a new job at Apple, but the interview begins before you've even started the application. 

It has been revealed that the tech giant hid an engineer job listing within the depths of its website.

The listing for a distributed systems engineer was found by ZDNet security editor Zach Whittaker, who then posted a grab of the page on Twitter



 The image showed the company's famous icon, and read: 'Hey there! You found us.' 

'We are looking for a talented engineer to develop a critical infrastructure component that is to be a key part of the Apple ecosystem,' it continued. 

Apple revealed that the engineer will work with millions of drives, tens of thousands of servers and Exabytes of data. 
It asks that applicants have experience ‘designing, implementing, and supporting highly scalable applications and web services’.

Prospective applicants must also be comfortable with Java 8, modern server technologies, and distributed system ideas.
Key qualifications include a strong attention to detail, excellent analytical capabilities, passion for development, and a BS or MS in Computer Science or equivalent industry experience.


Whittaker's grab revealed that the plain text job listing was on us-east-1.blobstore.apple.com, but the link now only directs to an error code 


The application also reveals that the engineer will get to work with a small fast-paced group in one of the world’s ‘largest data processing environments’.

It ends by advising that interested applications send their resume to blog-recruiting@group.apple.com.
Whittaker's grab revealed that the plain text job listing was on us-east-1.blobstore.apple.com. 

But the link now only directs to an error code and the message: 'This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it.' 

It remains to be seen if the application has now closed - or if it's just hidden somewhere else.  

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