Question: “Last year, when family matters required my attention, I left my full-time job as a graphic designer. I have now decided to semi-retire and would like a part-time position with flexible hours. I am 53 years old and don’t need a lot of income. I would like some advice on how to state my preferences to potential employers.” —Ready to Cut Back
Answer: To avoid inappropriate and uncomfortable interviews, target only those work situations that match your desired lifestyle. For graphic designers, one realistic alternative to a “payroll position” is temporary or contract work. The freedom to accept or reject assignments can provide a great deal of flexibility.
When talking with interviewers, be sure to avoid any comments that might be interpreted as "I don’t want to work very hard." That’s a surefire way to get screened out. And whenever you take on a project, demonstrate your complete commitment to that employer. Semi-retirement is great, as long as you don’t semi-retire on the job.
To improve your interview performance, see Do's & Don'ts for Job Interviews.