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Hi,
I am new to the IT industry. I have recently received a offer letter form a company that is a govt. Contractor located in Maryland.I just had a simple introductory type skype Interview with the company. After a few weeks my recruiter called and said the company is interested in offering me the position. I had no technical interview with the company. They have sent me all the documents regarding new hire employeement including the offer letter. They are willing to do my security clearance as well. My concenrn is regarding, if I move to Maryland leaving my current job. The salary they have offered is way too much for someone at a very very beginner level which sounds to good to be true.has anyone here worked for a govt.Contractor (dod) and has any idea how things work? Please, any advice and suggestions will be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
 
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Welcome to CodeRanch!

This sounds suspicious to me. A company (or agency) not wanting to do their own tech interview is odd. As is not having a tech interview at all. It feels like the company/agency is thinking "we will get rid of him if he doesn't work out." Maybe you could ask the recruiter if you can have a 15 minute chat with the manager in the area you will be working. It is reasonable for you to be interested in knowing more about the job/organization before signing an offer letter.

Also, keep in mind that security clearances often take some time. So don't give notice at your current job too soon if you accept this offer!
 
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You don't want to show a lack of confidence in being able to do the job to the recruiter or the manager you'll try to speak with. It would be interesting to hear more of the story as it progresses.
 
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Typically jobs like this take about three interviews. Initial, Technical, and one more follow up that might include future peers and direct managers. Are you being hired by the HR department on behalf of a dev group within the company? How come they did not fly you in for the interview?

Were you up front and honest about your skill set - sounds like you were. Also, some jobs actually pay well. If you have the potential, a good track record in school, all the things they are looking for, then you might actually have landed a well paying job. It does happen. There is a new hire at my workplace who is fresh out of school but she has all of the attributes that any IT/Dev group would want. This is her first job after school and I suspect she is making 60,000 to 70,000 a year to start. No joke.

I am just a lowly contractor for this company, so I make no where near that, but I watched the process as they hired a "new" Java developer and she was the new hire and very deserving. But still, they have to get her up to speed on "Agile", "Git", "IntelliJ" and all the other tools they use to do their jobs. No one expected her to actually know any of this when she walked in the door. She is entry level and is being trained.

My only concern about your situation is lack of technical interviews. You don't want to show up and disappoint. I would still try to ask about that. That would be a flag to me.
 
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Well, I spoke with person (who is going to be my supervisor). I asked him am I going to be interview by the client? he said, ..no..u already have the job. its is full time permanent position. you will be working for us. However, I am already making around 60s as support.however, i have many other opportunities here where i can learn the things I like and want to learn (enterprise development). The type of programming i will be doing in the other state is basically using he low level languages. Most of their projects are about OS level programming (embedded programming) which i am not highly or have much interest. I enjoy working with technologies like hibernate, spring, web sevice, and so on / more Enterprise development stuff. I hope i am using the correct terminology. However, I am doing support at a company right now and on the side (non-paid) I have the opportunity to learn those technologies above. So, basically I have the application developer support job to support my financial situation and on the side I am going to be working with several project using those technologies and gain experience. Bottom line is, things i really want to learn and do pay less, but things i am very interested in pays more.
 
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Don't take too long about it; you need to make up your mind. If you are not happy with the position there is nothing wrong with phoning and saying there is something about the job you didn't know earlier …
Remember that OS programming is a specialised skill which you may have no experience of.

As long as you haven't already given them the impression you are accepting. Please search this forum for “recruiter” and think of some rude things to say to the recruiter
 
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Any project that hires a junior developer for OS level programming without a tech interview is bound to fail. Even if they are legit, it's highly likely that the project is being run by someone who has no idea what the complexity behind the technologies involved.

Get out now. This project is going to fail
 
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