Apple's secret job ad uncovered by accident

Apple's secret job ad uncovered by accident
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There's never a dull day on the world wide web, especially not when avid internet users constantly outdo themselves in various ways.

This time, one of them managed to do the somewhat unthinkable and discovered a 'hidden' message by none other than tech giant Apple.

Zack Whittaker, security editor for US news site ZDNet, found a job advertisement on Apple's website by chance.

He had been analysing data sent from iPhone apps when he stumbled upon the cryptic notice, BBC reported.

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The text on Apple's recruitment ad 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 has since been taken down.

The page it was previously listed on now contains an error message, said the British broadcaster, but as of writing, Apple has yet to respond to its queries.

However, Whittaker told The Telegraph that there was "little proficiency needed to find the page".

Such humility.

Despite evidently having the technical talent to uncover Apple's advert - the reporter is not applying for the job.

Tech firms have long had the reputation of using unconventional recruitment methods.

Back in 2004, Google put up a billboard ad in the heart of Silicon Valley that read {first 10-digit prime in consecutive digits of e}.com.

There was no mention of the company name anywhere on the billboard.

Those who solved it and searched it on a web browser were redirected to the Google careers website, but not before solving another puzzle.

Looks like these tech firms have mastered how to make people work for what they want - even before giving them the job.

ssandrea@sph.com.sg

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