WibiData (opens in new tab) , a startup data applications developer, uses a rather interesting recruitment process: it tasks prospective hires with puzzling out a lost PIN code in a recreation of the company's offices in Portal 2. Yes, that includes hearing modulated insults from a GlaDOS soundalike as you gather reset keys and jump through walls.
Speaking to the New York Times (opens in new tab) (via VentureBeat (opens in new tab) ), WibiData CEO Christophe Bisciglia said the mod's genesis arose from how Portal 2's layered puzzles "makes me feel like I exercise the same part of my brain that programming and problem-solving does."
Bisciglia commissioned modder Doug Hoogland (opens in new tab) to design and create WibiData's virtual workspace and the puzzles housed beneath it. Hoogland earned Bisciglia's attention after he fashioned a Portal-ized wedding proposal (opens in new tab) for an earlier customer, which is both romantically adorable and the best chance to see a murderous computer become a third wheel.
We presume WibiData's employee insurance policy now covers injuries sustained from teleportation ovals and scheming sentient AIs. You can check out the mod for yourself on the company's website (opens in new tab) .