Gettleman became the second candidate to interview for the job, which was left vacant after the New York fired Jerry Reese along with coach Ben McAdoo on Dec. 4. Current Giants vice president of player evaluation Marc Ross interviewed for the position earlier this week.
The 66-year-old Gettleman spent 15 years as a personnel executive (1998-2012) for the Giants before joining the Panthers as their general manager. He was fired after four seasons as the Carolina general manager on July 17.
Gettleman met with Giants president John Mara, chairman Steve Tisch as well as former general manager Ernie Accorsi, who is serving as a consultant in the search. Accorsi also was a consultant in the Panthers' general manager search in 2013.
Under Gettleman's watch, the Panthers finished last in the NFC South in 2016 with a 6-10 record after making the playoffs in each of his first three seasons with the team.
Gettleman was a no-nonsense leader and some of his moves were unpopular, including parting with wide receiver Steve Smith, one of the most popular players in franchise history, in 2014.
Overall, Gettleman has been a part of seven Super Bowl teams, including three winners. He was with the Buffalo Bills in 1990 and 1991, Denver in 1997, and the Giants in 2000, 2007 and 2011 before adding another appearance with Carolina in 2015. The Broncos and the 2007 and 2011 Giants won Super Bowls.