It’s no secret that job inter­views carry a lot of pres­sure. You want to make a good impres­sion and stand out. You want to ask the right ques­tions and avoid asking others. And you want to walk in with a sharp resumé and a strong under­standing of the com­pany and the industry.

Northeastern’s Employer in Res­i­dence pro­gram pro­vides stu­dents a venue to meet indi­vid­u­ally with employer representatives—either in-​​person or vir­tu­ally via Skype—in an informal set­ting to gather useful infor­ma­tion before step­ping foot into an inter­view or even applying for a job.

There are four Employer in Res­i­dence events this week—one on Tuesday (First Deriv­a­tives plc), Wednesday (GE), Thursday (Raytheon), and Friday (Eliot Com­mu­nity Human Services)—as well as sev­eral others throughout the rest of the semester. Stu­dents can learn more about these events through the Career Devel­op­ment cal­endar, and they can schedule a meeting with an Employer in Res­i­dence by calling 617.373.6548.

Through the pro­gram, employers hold infor­ma­tional meet­ings in which stu­dents can ask ques­tions about the com­pany, a spe­cific job within the orga­ni­za­tion, or the industry in gen­eral. They can gain employer insights into how to improve their chances of landing a job and how to pre­pare for their long-​​term career goals. And they can even get pointers on improving their resumés and ask ques­tions they might not feel com­fort­able asking in an interview.

At the heart of this pro­gram is the one-​​on-​​one inter­ac­tion with an employer,” says Steve Johnson, asso­ciate director of employer rela­tions in the Office of Career Devel­op­ment. “It’s not a job inter­view. It’s an oppor­tu­nity for stu­dents to ask the questions.”

The pro­gram, which launched in 2009, fea­tures sev­eral dif­ferent models. For many visits, employers want to focus con­ver­sa­tions on their orga­ni­za­tions and career oppor­tu­ni­ties posted in the career man­age­ment portal NUca­reers. Then, a stu­dents reserve a 15– or 30-​​minute meeting so they can learn more about the orga­ni­za­tion, posi­tion and if they want to apply.

Another format is designed for stu­dents to ask not only job– and company-​​specific ques­tions but also ques­tions about the industry as a whole, as well as about gen­eral career and job search advice on topics such as inter­viewing and salary negotiation.

Some meeting times have a more tar­geted scope. For example, one that’s focused on entre­pre­neur­ship gives stu­dents the oppor­tu­nity to speak with pro­fes­sionals working at star­tups to learn about spe­cific jobs as well as what it’s like to work in the field. Another is cen­tered on careers for inter­na­tional stu­dents. The Employer in Res­i­dence pro­gram also brings in rep­re­sen­ta­tives from gov­ern­ment agen­cies to meet with stu­dents. And the Office of Career Devel­op­ment is devel­oping a model specif­i­cally designed for stu­dent veterans.

Two employers—Raytheon and the Peace Corps—are cur­rently Employers in  Res­i­dence on a recur­ring basis and hold hours throughout the semester. In addi­tion to sched­uled appoint­ments, Raytheon offers walk-​​in hours as well.

There are a lot of ways stu­dents can meet with employers, and ways they can ben­efit,” says Johnson.

Stu­dents inter­ested in more infor­ma­tion about the Employer in Res­i­dence pro­gram can con­tact Steve Johnson, asso­ciate director of employer rela­tions in the Office of Career Devel­op­ment, at 617.373.3404 or st.​johnson@​neu.​edu.