Reddit’s Hiring Process Includes a Geeky Treasure Hunt

Reddit is hiring once again and the job announcement post was made on the fourth of November at their blog. They need some sort of an expert. Your field of expertise can vary. To be clear, they say,

You don’t have to be a superstar  programmer, if you make up for it by being a superstar  Unix admin,  systems architect, or  distributed databases expert.

You are supposed to submit your resume at a specific URL and how to obtain the URL? Well, here is the announcement and the geeky part.

To apply, you’ll need to solve a puzzle. We’re only accepting resumes sent in via, where…

  • X  =  A  *  B  *  C  *  D
  • A  is the first byte of the ICMP section of the packet that a router will send back when it sees a ping which has hopped too many times
  • B  is the integer nearest to how much an Olympic-sized swimming pool of the minimum depth would weigh, in gigagrams, if it were filled completely with solid gold
  • C  is the four-digit year in which the company whose data-link layer addresses look like08:00:09:??:??:?? registered its primary domain name
  • D  is the decimal HTML entity for the Unicode character “â„œ” (which is not the same as the ASCII letter “R”)

If you’re smart enough to solve the puzzle, please don’t show off. This whole plan will only work if everyone can bite their tongue, so we’re just going to ask you to please, as a special favor to reddit, keep the secret a secret. Thanks!

Companies sure are getting smart but these web-based companies will be way ahead of their rivals because they have the power of imagination. Without imagination, we would have been content with what we have in life.

However, I did not understand something.All this for one position? Reddit rocks.

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Chinmoy Kanjilal

Chinmoy Kanjilal is a FOSS enthusiast and evangelist. He is passionate about Android. Security exploits turn him on and he loves to tinker with computer networks. He rants occasionally at You can connect with him on Twitter @ckandroid.