Tell the truth, but be smart about it. Make sure that you don't blame, complain or judge. Make this about business results, not about your emotions.
Bad: "I wouldn't like working for ABC since they were dismissive of my ideas".
Good: "I'm concerned about the impact on my productivity if I were to work for ABC. I feel I operate best in open and ...
As a software engineer, is a feasible plan to alternate two years of
working with one year of sabbatical?
I imagine it's possible to find a company that wouldn't need you around for a year at a time every third year. I personally don't know of any, though.
In your comment you seem to now indicate that you would work for a company for two years, then quit ...
Given that you have answered all the questions truthfully, and did not intentionally hide / withheld information, you don't need to be worried. If you were not asked / expected to reveal any particular information, you don't need to provide it.
Just give it a couple more days. Check back same time next week, if you don't get to hear in the meantime.
How big of a deal is this in software development? Is ace-ing the coding interview enough to make up for this?
Usually, references are used for Background Check purposes mostly.
To judge the actual skills of a candidate, in Software Development, coding tests and interviews are more useful tools to find about that. Having a public repository or code ...
Employers are going to worry about someone who tells them that they plan to leave after 2 years, but 2 years in your first job followed by a year off isn't a huge red flag, if it was a one-time-thing. Doing it repeatedly would be, unless you're only apply for short contracts.
If you're not fixed to a 2 year schedule, there are times when you'll get a ...
It's a good idea to leave references off your resume
Typically references are used in the final stages of the hiring process - and given that the CV is the thing that kicks off the first stages of the hiring process - it's not actually needed.
If you're adhering to a 'two pages max' CV - then listing references is going to take up precious page real ...
Should I follow up with the recruiter about this?
Yes. But it sounds like you already did ("I probed the recruiter about relocation details and they responded they are still waiting on background check results").
You might wish to ask the recruiter when you should expect the background check to be completed.
Should I disclose anything at this point?
From the comments:
"Frankly, I don't wanna join this startup at all! The ONLY reason I
want their offer is so I can use it as leverage to drive up my
compensation in other companies. So I need a safe way of accepting
their offer (without signing anything), that I can later turn down."
This is an important piece of context that should have been in ...
No References in Job Application. How bad is it?
Not bad, in my experience.
The primary criteria is for you to get the interview and get the job is to have the required capabilities and knowledge for the job and match the requirements. For the background check and verification, the references are used. So, even if it's not directly mentioned in the CV, ...
'you appear to have bad soft skills' is the key message here. Be brutally honest with yourself, identify what soft skills you might be lacking (for example communicating tactfully with peers or colleagues, or language skills), and identify how you can improve these skills. Use this as a chance for self-improvement.
Once you've done this, be honest with any ...