Following the sacking of Declan Kidney after his poor Six Nations showing, Schmidt was one of four candidates who was interviewed for the position.
Schmidt, who guided Leinster to back-to-back Heineken Cups in 2011 and 2012, would be delighted to land the job.
"Of course the job interests me, otherwise I wouldn't have gone to see the federation," Schmidt told Sky Sports News.
"After that we have to wait and see because I had signed a year's extension to my contract with Leinster.
"[The Leinster board] gave me permission to speak with the IRFU. If I still interest the IRFU, then maybe something can happen with the national team."
Schmidt has previously taken charge of Bay of Plenty, Auckland Blues and Clermont Auvergne.