Apple buries secret job advert deep on its site - but has the role been filled?

Only the smartest of tech geeks would have found Apple’s latest job ad (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Photo)

If you want to work for one of the world’s biggest and most creative companies, you need to demonstrate an ability for original thought.

So what better way to filter potential tech geniuses from herd than to bury a secret job ad on your site and see if anyone tracks it down?

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That’s what Apple appears to have done – and it was rumbled by Zack Whittaker, the security editor of US tech website ZDNet.

He wrote: “Cool. If you find this hidden Apple page, you’re offered a job!”

The listing for a “talented engineer” sought someone boasting a “strong attention to detail” and “excellent analytical capabilities”.

The advert reads: “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.”

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It then goes on to ask: “Do you love designing & architecting highly scalable, distributed web services?

“Would you want to work on Exabytes of data, tens of thousands of servers, and millions of hard drives?”

Applicants were asked to get in touch by sending their CVs to Apple.

Whittaker told the BBC he found it by chance while analysing data being sent from iPhone apps. “It’s remarkable to see these companies taking innovative ways to entice people to work for them,” he said.

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Unfortunately, for those talented engineers out there, the URL has since been taken down and leads to a simple error message.

Or maybe that’s another challenge thrown out there by Apple to test the mettle of job hunters…