Re: Mandatory Experience
Rather depends on the role though, and who's doing the reading.
I had a contract last year with no interview at all. Recruiter called me to say they liked my CV, when could I start? I said the following Monday, they said fine and got the PM in charge of the project to call me on the Friday. His exact words were "Your CV says you've got the skills, if you're full of shite we'll get rid of you"
Conversely my next role was with a recruitment company. Interviewed by a techie and team lead, got the contract, but HR weren't involved and spat the dummy so it took 2 weeks of thumb twiddling before they would approve my account creation.