Create Form - Build Tab - Define Fields

The Available Fields section on the Build tab enables administrators to add fields to the form. In addition, questions can be included from the question bank. Forms must include at least one user field, question, or rich text field.

Editing Note: When editing a form, fields cannot be added or reordered.

To create a form, go to Admin > Tools > Core Functions > Form Management > Manage Forms. Then, select the Create Form button.

System Fields

User Standard Fields

Standard fields can be added to forms. To add a field, drag and drop the field into the form or click the plus icon to the right of the field title. This adds the field to the form, and the field no longer appears in the User Standard Fields list.

Cornerstone HR - Reason for Change Field

For portals with Cornerstone HR enabled, a Reason for Change field can be added to forms. Only one Reason for Change field can be added to a form.

The Reason for Change field enables administrators to track the reason a change is made to the user record as a result of user data captured on forms, such as changing a user's last name. When users complete the form, they can be required to fill out the Reason for Change field and select the reason that there is a change to their user data. Once the form is submitted and approved (if approval is required), then the system automatically captures the reason for the change in the Modification History section on the User Record page.

Add Field Requirement: For portals with Cornerstone HR enabled, if a standard user field is added to a form, then the Reason for Change field must also be added in order to save the form.

User Type and Employment Status

This section is only available to organizations that have the User Type and Employment Status sections enabled in the User Record. In addition, forms with these fields are excluded from onboarding tasks and applicant workflows.

This section only contains one option, User Type and Employment Status. When this option is added to the form, all User Type and Employment Status fields are added to the form. This is because all User Type and Employment Status fields are related. Individual fields cannot be selectively added to the form.

When a user is viewing the User Type and Employment Status fields within a form, only certain fields are visible depending on the values that are selected in the User Type and Employment Status. For example, the Eligible for Rehire field is only visible if the User Type field is set to Terminated, and the Leave Type field is only visible if the User Type field is set to On Leave.

These fields can be set to Required or Read-Only. Also, they can be set to auto-fill the user's latest response to the field.

User Custom Fields

The User Custom Fields section displays all User custom fields for which the administrator meets the availability requirements. Note: Branched Drop-down and Hierarchy custom fields are currently not supported for Form use.

To add a field, drag and drop the field into the form or click the plus icon to the right of the field title. This adds the field to the form, and the field no longer appears in the User Custom Fields list.

If the field is removed, and at a later time the administrator no longer meets the availability criteria for the field, then the field no longer displays in the User Custom Fields section for the administrator.

Add Field Requirement: For portals with Cornerstone HR enabled, if a custom user field is added to a form, then the Reason for Change field must also be added in order to save the form.

Encrypted Fields

For encrypted user custom fields, when users complete and submit the form, the information they enter into the field will be encrypted. Users can enter a maximum of 50 alphanumeric characters when filling in the field. Data can only be decrypted after the data has been exported via an outbound data feed, and then your private key is used to decrypt the exported data.

Organizational Units

This section contains all active OU types, including custom OUs. Groups cannot be added to a form. To add a field, drag and drop the field into the form or click the plus icon to the right of the field title. This adds the field to the form, and the field no longer appears in the list.

Once an OU is added to a form, the OU will remain on the form even if it is made inactive. As a result, users may view or provide information for inactive OUs on a form.

Employee Relationships

Employee relationship fields control which users are assigned to a particular role for a user. For example, the Manager employee relationship field controls who is assigned as a user's manager. If an employee relationship field is modified, then the corresponding field on the user's User Record is also updated.

Depending on the configuration of the employee relationship field, these fields can be added to a form to display a read-only view of the employee relationship or allow a user to update the employee relationship.

The following employee relationship fields may be available, and they are displayed in alphabetical order:

  • Approver
  • Manager
  • Custom Relationships

Only active employee relationships are available. If an employee relationship is made inactive, the corresponding field remains on the form until it is removed from the form. At that point, the inactive field cannot be added to the form unless it is made active.

  • When a user views a form, only active employee relationships are displayed. Any employee relationships that are inactive are not visible on the form.

Question Bank

The Question Bank section enables administrators to add questions from the Form Management question bank.

The Question Bank is organized by the question categories that are configured in the question bank. Each category displays all associated questions that are available to the administrator. The categories that display are the categories for which the administrator meets the availability criteria and that are within the permission constraints for the permission to manage the question bank. The categories for which the administrator does not meet the availability criteria and are not within the permission constraints do not display in the Questions section.

To add a question, click the category name. The questions associated with the category display below the category name. Click the plus icon to the right of the question to add it to the form, or drag and drop the field into the form. Once added, the question no longer appears in the list of questions for the category.

Reference Letter Forms

When creating a form that will be used to request reference letters, it is recommended that the form include a question that is a Text field question type. The text field allows referrers to copy and paste a reference letter into the field. The text field question may need to be created in the Question Bank by the administrator if the question has not already been created. Text field question types that are used for large amounts of data should be set up as multiline in the Advanced Options section, with character max set to 10,000.

Attachments

The following fields are available in the Attachments section:

  • Form Attachment - Add this field to the form to attach a document to a form, which can then be downloaded by users who are completing the form. When this field is added to the form, you can then drag and drop a file into the field within the form builder to attach the document to the form.
  • User Attachment - Add this field to the form to enable users to attach documents to the form as they complete the form. Each User Attachment field accepts up to three attachments. This field can be added to a form an unlimited number of times. This field cannot be configured to be auto-populated or read-only. When this field is added to a form, you can configure the following settings for the field:
    • Required - Select this option to require users to attach at least one document to the form to complete the form. This option is selected by default.
    • Title - Specify a title for the field that will be displayed to end users. This field is required and accepts up to 250 characters. If multiple languages are enabled for your portal, select the Translate icon to translate the field into other available languages.
    • Description - Specify a description for the field that will be displayed to end users on the form below the field title. This field is optional and accepts up to 250 characters. If multiple languages are enabled for your portal, select the Translate icon to translate the field into other available languages.
    • Preview - When editing the field, select the Gear icon in the upper-right corner of the field to preview the field as it will appear on the form.
    • Done - Select this button to save and preview the attachment field configuration.

Effective Dating Note: Attachments can be added to an effective dated form. However, the attachment data is not effective dated.

Reorder Fields

To change the position of the field in the form, click the field and drag and drop it anywhere within the form.

Additional Options

Once a field or question is added, the following options display to the right of the row:

Option Description
Settings

Click the Settings icon to open the following options:

  • Required - This option is selected by default. When selected, end users are required to complete the field. When unchecked, the field is not required to be completed. This option cannot be selected if the Read-Only option is selected.
  • Read-Only - When this option is selected, the field is read-only and cannot be filled out by end users. This option cannot be selected if the Required option is selected. This option is not available for encrypted user custom fields.
  • Auto-fill Response - When this option is selected, the field is auto-filled with the end user's most recent response. This option is selected by default.

Move Up/Down Use the Up and Down arrows to move the fields to the desired location on the form. Fields can be moved above and below page breaks.
Remove Click the Remove icon to delete the field. Once removed, the field reappears in the User Fields or Question Bank list and can be added back to the form.

Cancel/Save/Save and Continue

Click Save and Continue to move to the next step of creating the form. The settings defined on the previous step are saved.

Click Save to save the form without publishing and return to the Manage Forms page. The form settings are saved, and the administrator can return to the form to add or change settings, and then publish the form.

Click Cancel to cancel creating the form.