How to Create Surveys

Do you have a personality quiz you'd like prospective employees to complete? How about a math quiz or vocabulary exam? Surveys are a great option for these scenarios. The following document will walk users through the process of creating/designing surveys to be used in HRCenter Workflows.

What is a Page?

In HRCenter applicants/employees work with applications called "workflows". Every "workflow" in HRCenter is made up of "steps" and those steps are made up of "pages". An easy way to illustrate this is to think of workflows as a book and the steps are the chapters. That means that pages are the individual sections (ex. Work History, Education, Resume) an applicant will fill out during each step. 

There are three types of pages: information, survey, and form.

What is a Survey?

A survey is a list of custom questions which can be created and included as a page in a workflow. In fact, a survey must be created before it can be added as a page and included in a workflow.

This article covers: 

  1. How to Create a New Survey
  2. Editing Existing Surveys
  3. Next Steps

How to Create a New Survey

There are steps to creating a survey

  1. Create a New Survey
  2. Add a Group
  3. Add Questions
  4. Add Instructions
  5. Create a Page

Step 1: Create a New Survey
  1. Log into HRCenter Admin and select 'Surveys' on the left 
  2. Select the + icon to add a new survey
    • The new survey will appear at the top of the list & a notification will appear in the upper right to denote a new survey has been added: 
  3. Select the 'New Survey' added to the list
    • Enter a Public Name - the name that will be displayed to applicants/employees
    • Enter an Internal Name - a name that will help you find the survey on the list in HRCenter Admin
    • Optionally, Enter a description
    • If this is a scored test, switch the scored test to 'Yes' 

 When scored test is set to yes, it allows users to design questions that have defined correct answers. If a test is scored, any applicant that completes the survey will have the percentage score listed and saved to the employee record.

Step 2: Add a Group
  1. Select the 'Add Group' button
    • A group is a section of the survey or test. For example, if you had a math test you might want different sections for addition, subtraction and multiplication. 
    • In the example listed below, I am setting up a group for logical reasoning questions.  

Step 3: Add Questions
  1. Add Questions
    • Select the 'Add Question' button
    •  Enter the Question
  2. Select the Answer Type 
    • Radio: Represented by button icons that the applicant can select. Radio buttons are best used for "select one" scenarios. For example, if you asked "What is your favorite color?" Someone can only select one - blue, green, yellow, or red.
    • Checkbox: Are represented by boxes into which the applicant can click to select. Check boxes are best used for "select all that apply" scenarios. For example, if you asked "What colors do you like?" Someone may select blue, green, yellow, and red if they like more than one color.
    • TextBox: Allows for one line of information to be typed in
    • TextArea: Allows for more than one line to be entered
    • Date: Will display a calendar when selected
  3. Select Required if the question requires an answer
  4. Select the 'Add Answer' button
    • Enter the Answer Text
    • For Radio questions, add multiple answers & select the correct answer switch next to the correct option 
  5. Optionally, Add Validation: 
    • Allows you to ensure the accuracy of an applicant's answer by forcing a particular answer format
      • Integer: A whole number
      • Decimal: A number in the form of a decimal
      • MinCharacters: Defines the minimum number of characters to be entered in an answer. 
      • MaxCharacters: Defines the maximum number of characters to entered in an answer. 
      • RegEx: Used if you need to format the pattern of the date
      • DateIsInPast: Requires the date be in the past
      • DateIsInFuture: Requires the date be in the future
  6. Select a DataID
    • Select from the dropdown a unique dataid that is best affiliated with the question within the survey. Users may not use the same dataid more than once within the same group.

*Note* The survey builder does require users to select a DataID even though for most users, the survey builder is not doing anything with that information. To elaborate, the DataID field is actively used when clients have a TempWorks technical team member build a custom post-fill procedure to send information from the survey back to Enterprise. In this example, if we are building  a survey from the survey builder then it really does not matter what DataID is selected as the information is not going to an Enterprise field.

*Repeat this step to add all questions. If you have multiple groups (sections for your quiz) repeat step 2 & 3 to add all groups and questions.

Step 4: Add Instructions

Is there any information you would like to share with the applicant before they begin the survey? 

Enter it here and it will display for the applicant. Instructions can be added and customized per group within a survey. 

Don't see the instructions section? Navigate to the bottom of  the Survey group to select 'Add Instruction': 

Step 5: Add a Page

Now that the Survey has been created, we need to turn it into a page that can be put into a workflow.  For more information on pages and workflows check out How to Create & Edit Workflows.

  1. Navigate to Pages in HRCenter Admin
  2. Select the + icon to add a new page for this survey 
  3. Basic Settings 
    • Enter Internal Name - a name that will help you find the survey on the list in HRCenter Admin
    • Enter Display Name -  the name that will be displayed to applicants/employees
    • Primary Actor - select employee
    • Select Page Type "Survey" 
    • Select the arrow in the lower right to continue
  4. Select the Survey you created in Survey Builder  and select the arrow in the lower right to continue
  5. Configuration Details 
    • Select a Document Type - this will be the category this document is saved as on the employee record
    • Force Correct Answers - if set to true, this will force users to select the correct answer in order to continue
    • Form Destination - PDF means this will be saved as a PDF on the employee file
    • Postfill & Prefill procedures are for custom settings created by TempWorks employees.  
  6. Review Page Details and select 'Save' 

Editing Surveys


If you need to update or change any information on survey page, you can do so by selecting the existing survey from the surveys section. 


Deactivate a survey if you no longer want it available to your temporary employees. To deactivate a survey, select the survey and choose Deactivate in the lower right corner. It will be important to deactivate the page created as well. 

Next Steps

Once a page has been added, you can add it to an existing workflow or create a new workflow for applicants or employees to fill out. See How to Create & Edit Workflows for more information. 

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