Shin Bet

Shin Bet publishes tech puzzle in recruitment bid

The campaign to bring high-quality, tech-savvy recruits to the Shin Bet took a creative turn when 60,000 candidates attempted to solve a puzzle released by the organization; six solved it successfully.

No less than 60,000 Israelis tried their luck at solving a riddle the Shin Bet published as part of a campaign to recruit hi-tech personnel to its ranks. Twenty participants succeeded in partially solving the problem, while only six managed to solve it entirely.



Along with the riddle, the Shin Bet also released a recruitment video and new website about the organization's activities, which recorded hundreds of thousands of views and hits.


Shin Bet recruitment campaign
Shin Bet recruitment campaign


The campaign has thus far bore fruit, evidenced by 480 applications being submitted within 20 hours of the start of the campaign.


Additionally, the Shin Bet has unveiled new career paths complete with high salaries and other benefits meant to recruit and retain quality personnel.


The release of the riddle comes a year after Mossad tried a similar stunt on the eve of Independence Day. More than 25,000 participants attempted the riddle with most failing. However, a few dozen promising candidates managed to pass and were recruited.


However, there was a much greater responseo the Shin Bet's riddle than that of the Mossad. This has been attributed to the fact that a Shin Bet team implemented lessons from Mossad's previous attempt and developed a much more complicated puzzle, comprising many different layers.


The exercise even managed to generate buzz in many mathematical forums across the world.


Candidates who solve the riddle will be invited to apply for one of the Shin Bet's specialized technology units.


פרסום ראשון: 04.30.17, 13:31
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