The IFA has moved a step closer towards filling its director general role, almost a full year since its former general secretary Pat Smith resigned.
It is understood that at least four people were interviewed as part of a process that has been overseen by KPMG.
The new role was created when the former general secretary role was split in two - director general and secretary - on the recommendation of the IFA's former chief economist Con Lucey.
While the IFA remains tight-lipped about the candidates - whittled down from more than 20 - it is widely acknowledged only one internal candidate remains in the mix.
However, it is understood at least one former IFA staff member is also on the shortlist, while a high-profile industry figure is also believed to be in contention. The interview panel is led by the IFA president Joe Healy.
Next month, the IFA will be a full year with a vacancy at the top of its staff and one insider said it could be the new year before the role is filled, as a second round of interviews is anticipated and a possible time lag before the successful candidate can take up the role.
The salary is to be determined and published, but is expected to be considerably less than Pat Smith was paid.
Smith received €535,000 in 2013, including a €150,000 pension contribution, €60,000 bonus and a company car. In 2014, he received €452,484.