Is teaching experience absolutely mandatory? For example, what if I don't have teaching experience but I have native fluency in both English and Mandarin, will they still consider that an asset?
Yes, teaching experience is mandatory now. These requirements will only get tighter as time goes on too. The company is looking to be the most reputable in online education.
Long, tedious but staff are responsive until they decide they no longer want you, which is when they no longer reply emails and your account gets blocked. That's how you know you have failed the interview.
I don't have a degree, but have been training and teaching in a corporate setting for many years. Will they even look at my resume?
You need a degree. If you don't have it, you won't get it.
How easy is it to get an interview. I'm hearing that I need to have a 5 star teaching referral to get noticed at all.
It is easy to get an interview. You can message a current VIPKID teacher like me, for more details on how to get and pass the vipkid interview. I completed the interview process, was hired, and was teaching in less than one week.