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Life As a Loan Interviewer or Clerk

Job Description & Duties Interview loan applicants to elicit information; investigate applicants’ backgrounds and verify references; prepare loan request papers; and forward findings, reports, and documents to appraisal department. Review loan papers to ensure completeness, and complete transactions between loan establishment, borrowers, and sellers upon approval of loan.

Loan Interviewer or Clerk Responsibilities

  • Submit loan applications with recommendation for underwriting approval.
  • Check value of customer collateral to be held as loan security.
  • Establish credit limits and grant extensions of credit on overdue accounts.
  • Prepare and type loan applications, closing documents, legal documents, letters, forms, government notices, and checks, using computers.
  • Interview loan applicants to obtain personal and financial data and to assist in completing applications.
  • File and maintain loan records.

What a Loan Interviewer or Clerk Should Know

When polled, Loan Interviewers and Clerks say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

  • Loan Originator
  • Closer
  • Loan Documentation Specialist
  • Mortgage Loan Assistant
  • Loan Interviewer

Job Demand for Loan Interviewers and Clerks

There were about 229,800 jobs for Loan Interviewer or Clerk in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 12.4% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 28,400 new jobs for Loan Interviewer or Clerk by 2026. The BLS estimates 25,700 yearly job openings in this field.


The states with the most job growth for Loan Interviewer or Clerk are Utah, Arizona, and Iowa. Watch out if you plan on working in Alaska, West Virginia, or Vermont. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Salary for a Loan Interviewer or Clerk

Loan Interviewers and Clerks make between $25,600 and $59,710 a year.


Loan Interviewers and Clerks who work in District of Columbia, Connecticut, or Colorado, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Loan Interviewers and Clerks in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $33,910
Alaska $42,190
Arizona $40,530
Arkansas $39,000
California $46,480
Colorado $47,630
Connecticut $48,160
Delaware $38,830
District of Columbia $55,320
Florida $41,590
Georgia $37,910
Hawaii $47,970
Idaho $37,450
Illinois $42,440
Indiana $36,370
Iowa $37,930
Kansas $39,880
Kentucky $36,350
Louisiana $32,660
Maine $36,620
Maryland $45,030
Massachusetts $43,030
Michigan $39,490
Minnesota $42,250
Mississippi $32,290
Missouri $38,350
Montana $36,630
Nebraska $41,610
Nevada $39,240
New Hampshire $40,060
New Jersey $45,770
New Mexico $34,430
New York $45,520
North Carolina $42,540
North Dakota $42,990
Ohio $38,510
Oklahoma $34,100
Oregon $46,040
Pennsylvania $34,790
Rhode Island $41,460
South Carolina $38,560
South Dakota $34,820
Tennessee $39,060
Texas $44,190
Utah $39,710
Vermont $40,190
Virginia $42,990
Washington $44,570
West Virginia $32,200
Wisconsin $40,110
Wyoming $39,120

Tools & Technologies Used by Loan Interviewers and Clerks

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Loan Interviewers and Clerks may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Web browser software
  • Microsoft Dynamics
  • Desktop publishing software

How do I Become a Loan Interviewer or Clerk?

Are there Loan Interviewers and Clerks education requirements?


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Loan Interviewers and Clerks Sector


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