Was it hard to get into the program? Did you have to be REALLY qualified? ^^ How was the selection process?
It wasn’t hard, but it was very competitive. Depending on where you apply out of. America gets the majority of the slots. Only a handful of slots for other countries. Bigger cities have more slots, but they also have more applicants. I know some people who interview out of smaller cities to increase their chances.
If memory serves me, there were about 100 JETs from Los Angeles when I got selected. From a pool of over 1,500 applicants who made it to the interview process. God knows how many more applied and never made it to the interviews. So.. very competitive.
As for qualifications, technically, you just have to be a college graduate and native speaker. Most of the ALTs I know aren’t English majors, including myself. There are many ALTs who shouldn’t be here IMO, but are. They hate kids and their work ethics are atrocious. You mainly need good letters of recommendations and a good essay to get to the interview, IMO. And then wow them in the interview.