We found the Google Secret Hiring Coding Challenge
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We triggered the secret challenge from a google search. The search results page melted down revealing an invitation to the secret hiring coding challenge.
- The Setup
- How To Trigger The Easter Egg
- The Setup
- First Challenge - Decrypting Secret Messages
How To Trigger The Easter Egg
That day we searched for various technical information on Google. We definitely searched for Laravel (the framework we use for this Website).
We managed to recreate the process on another computer by searching for various terms we remembered and the last one we did was for 'List Comprehensions' we knew from Python and were searching to see if you could do the same in PHP.
It didn't work right away but after about a dozen searches the easter egg popped up again, we'd actually searched 'list comprehensions three times in a row.
You are presented with this invitation:
Curious developers are known to seek interesting problems. Solve one from Google?
You can respond with
- I want to play
- No thanks
- Don't show me this again
You get a terminal/shell in the browser with a few commands which will be familiar to anyone who has used the Linux shell.
Typing help will give you a list of available commands.
cd - change directory [dir_name] cat - print file [file_name] deleteme - delete all of your data associated with foobar edit - open file in editor [file_name]
|cd||change directory [dir_name]|
|cat||print file [file_name]|
First Challenge - Decrypting Secret Messages
We are given a set of encryption rules and two example encrypted sentences. The challenge is to code the decryptor.