1,000 people solve a tech riddle for a chance to work for eBay in Israel
The tech giant posted a test on its homepage to help it recruit new developers, in one day 1,000 candidates competed for 20 open positions
Maayan Manela | 10:43 03.11.2020
During a crisis, the competition for open positions in the tech sector has become fierce. Ecommerce giant eBay’s R&D center in Israel, on Sunday, posted a technological riddle on their website to help find candidates to fill 20 developer positions. Within a day 1,000 submitted their solutions and applied for the job. Since March, eBay’s Israeli offices have recruited over 70 new employees for a variety of positions, including team leaders, researchers, developers, and development managers. But the latest round has taken on a new twist, and contains a riddle that was designed to give additional candidates an opportunity to join the company even if they don’t possess all of the threshold requirements. The open positions are meant for developers with at least five years of experience in developing big, complex code systems. The riddle was written intentionally to recruit developers, and consists of a question that involves developing Java code in three different steps, based on difficulty. The solution at the end of each step is a link that is sent to candidates and allows them to get to the next complicated step of the puzzle. After successfully completing all three steps, candidates will receive a virtual tour of the company’s offices and will be asked to pass from room to room and look for the solution to the riddle. Anyone can attempt to solve the riddle, even if they don’t necessarily meet the position’s requirements.