Want to avoid interviews? Tap your cultivated contacts. A client who had been searching for just 5 weeks landed without ever having an interview. He had reached out to a colleague whom he had mentored years ago and with whom he remained friends. When the friend, the Hiring Manager, needed someone with my client's talents, he called him directly and made him an offer to start immediately. My client really didn't want to start as a consultant, but doing what he loved, for good money, with someone he respects and trusts, and avoiding the "bs" that often goes with being a corporate employee, made him jump at the chance. Bravo for him!
Learnings: Cultivate your network!
Seeds planted now can unexpectedly bloom later.
Be open to various work structures - look at the whole picture before you decide.