1. My schedule is 8:30 to 4:15. Though I rarely leave until 6pm either hanging out in the classrooms or the clubs after school at my Senior High & Jr. Highs or working in the staffroom getting my work done. No biggie though, my school is awesome that I don't mind having fun with my students all the time. I handle 1st years and 3rd years at my Senior high school in 3 days, with 1st years once every 2 weeks. At my base school, that's averaging 11-12 classes in 3 days. At my other 2 Jr. High schools which I visit once a week, I have 4 classes both school. That's my regular schedule at about 20 classes a week. Thankfully, I don't plan much at my Jr. Highs, but I'm responsible for the material for all my Sr. High 3rd year classes including marking + making tests.
2. Most people gave interview tips already, and besides, interviewers are all different. But again, be professional, enthusiastic, and show that you are willing to learn to work with the Japanese people the Japanese way and adapt to it.
3. Yes, but I am Chinese so everyone thinks I am a Japanese to begin with. Not bad as it gets me into the local scene alot easier. I can understand and communicate properly at work with my JLPT N2, but I totally fail at the social chit chat scene and fail at reading the subtle message at times when I just don't have the culture built in me. I've already have my local izakaya and made quite quite a big circle of local Japanese friends through volunteer events, but bah, I'm having trouble breaking that barrier from a friend to a good friend.
4. I think the JET Programme for me wasn't really about the job, but more about having a chance to live in a foreign country by myself and learn how to adjust and adapt to a new lifestyle, and understanding the Japanese workplace. Though I do love to work with young people, so win-win.
5. What to do? Haven't exactly decided yet, but I will get some work experience back home, move back to Asia, get into a Japanese company, hopefully the auto industry, and see where to go next.