Kent have whittled the applicants for the vacant coach's job to six and plan to name the new man by Christmas.
Paul Farbrace left the club at the end of the season and is now part of Yorkshire's coaching set-up.
Chief executive Jamie Clifford told BBC Radio Kent: "We've gone from a long list to a shortlist.
"Christmas is my mental cut-off but more important is to get the right person. It's half a dozen, beyond that I can't tell you much."
He added: "The process will be as thorough as possible to get the right person."
Clifford would not comment on suggestions linking them with former South Africa national coach Graham Ford, who worked at Kent from 2004 to 2009.
"There are certain details I am not willing to comment on," said Clifford.