Kakao to Hold On-campus Recruiting Events for AI Talents


Kakao Corp (CEO: Ji Hoon Yim) announced on May 23rd that it will begin large-scale recruiting events as part of Kakao’s effort to strengthen its AI business.

Kakao established a new AI department earlier this year to formally prepare for its AI business and has stepped up to attract talents, especially those who have advanced degrees (masters and PhDs) in related fields.

Large-scale recruitment from a specific area has not been executed since its merger with Daum in October 2014. Recruitment will be carried out in a rolling basis in seven different areas: Search modeling, search statistical analysis, multimedia processing, voice processing, natural language processing, recommendation technology, and recommendation data application. Anyone with Masters degrees or higher who is equipped with professional knowledge in the abovementioned fields are eligible to apply, regardless of their majors.

Candidates who pass the résumé screening will be invited to coding test along with two rounds of interviews. Coding test will be carried out for a maximum of two times, depending on the department that the candidate has applied. As for the search statistical analysis department, statistics test will be held in lieu of the coding test. For more specifics, candidates can access more information on Kakao’s career website (https://careers.kakao.com/ai).

On-campus recruiting events will be held in 11 major universities including Suhgang University, Seoul National University, KAIST, and Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology. Kakao’s current AI developers will be actively participating in the recruiting process, emphasizing Kakao’s corporate culture – creativity – along with its current AI business.

“We first began our AI recruiting from universities from home and abroad, as well as from different labs and startups. Now we are more than committed to incorporate AI professionals into Kakao by focusing our recruitment efforts to major universities in Korea,” noted Sung-hyun Hwang, Kakao’s HR Executive Vice President. “AI is Kakao’s future strategic business and is also a field that would compete with other major global IT companies. Our priority lies in the ability to capture the best talents. That being said, we will host more interactive activities moving forward,” added Hwang.

Michelle is a tech writer and a tea aficionado. You can reach her at eunjeonghur@techforkorea.com.



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