Synaptics (@synarecruiting) is the leading worldwide developer of user interface solutions for mobile computing, communications and entertainment devices. Our mission is to enrich the interaction between users and their intelligent devices. Synaptics products emphasize ease of use, small size, low power consumption, advanced functionality, durability and reliability, making them applicable to a multitude of markets, including notebook computers, PC peripherals, mobile phones, and portable entertainment devices such as MP3 players.
Kira Ikeda is the Talent Acquisition Coordinator at Synaptics, Inc. Aside from her core duties of maintaining the ATS (applicant tracking system!), planning career fairs and assisting the recruiting team, her main project right now is promoting the Holiday Intern Mixer. While not working or sleeping, her favorite thing to do is snuggle with her dogs Mochi and Pike.
1. How did you get started in the industry? How can someone who is interested in your work get started?
After 10+ years working in retail I started going to school for a degree in Human Resources. I chose HR because I wanted to help others but didn’t want to go into the blood and guts field of medicine. Additionally, the business world always interested me. While finishing up my final year of school, I heard about a position at a local solar company as an HR Administrator which I swooped up and held for about 2 ½ years. The company was fairly small which gave me the great experience of “wearing many hats”. Now I’ve found myself working in Talent Acquisition at Synaptics. I believe the customer service aspect of retail is what helped me excel in HR as it broke the stereotype of HR being the enemy. We’re here to help you not hurt you!
For new grads looking for a position in HR my main suggestion is to get as much real world experience as you can. Look for internships or entry level positions. School studies teach you the basics of HR but you don’t really know much until you apply those concepts to real life. The great thing about HR is that there are many options within the field so if you find you don’t like one thing, you can specialize in another.
2. What’s the future of your industry ?
I can’t say much about the future of HR as a whole, but I know the HR team at Synaptics has not had any downtime for months. While other companies are laying off their employees, we are in overdrive to meet the hiring needs of our managers. We are growing and it is great to be a part of.
3. What do you look for when you hire an intern or entry-level candidate?
Synaptics’ population is roughly 60% engineers, meaning most of our internships and job openings require a technical background. When recruiting for interns or entry-level candidates we look for project experience and/or previous internship experience. We also love to meet candidates who are motivated and eager to learn.
4. What is one thing an intern can do to make a favorable impression?
One of the best things a candidate can do before an interview is research the company. It shows us that the candidate is interested in who we are and not just interested in a job. We don’t just want an employee, we want a teammate!
5. Have any intern stories to share?
Our 2011 intern class helped promote our summer Intern Mixer which built our guest list to over 150 attendees. As a reward we took them to Six Flags Amusement Park for the day, lunch and limo ride included! Other than that I don’t have any individual intern stories, but a positive story to us is an intern who completes our intern program and walks away having gained a summer’s worth of experience and fun stories to tell their friends. The story gets even better when we are able to extend a full-time offer of employment to a previous intern.
Interested? Synaptics is hiring, and they’re not just looking for engineers – marketing, too! Find out more about their internships, and get the 411 about their internship mixer on December 21.