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2242376 - Date Format in Custom Column not displaying in the correct format


  • We are trying to update the Date format in one of the Custom columns but the date is appears in a different format to that defined in the file.
  • When the import file is opened in CSV format the date entered is shown correctly as "MM/DD/YYYY", however, after successful import the date format shows in a different format (e.g. YYYY-MM-DD).

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  • The import file has a different format of data being sent in the custom fields.
  • There is data type validation on custom fields.
  • The reason we see different format is because of the spreadsheet software that automatically converts YYYY-MM-DD to a MM/DD/YYYY date.


  • To confirm this, kindly open the input file in a Text editor (Notepad, Notepad++, EditPlus .. etc) rather in CSV format.
  • When we open the file in CSV format, the spread sheet software will automatically convert all the date formats to MM/DD/YYYY.
  • So to resolve the said issue, please modify the date format and reimport the data and this will resolve the issue with the date format displayed in the custom columns.

See Also

  •  2080831 - HRIS Sync - EC Date fields to User Data File String fields - Employee Central
  •  2233783 - Date Field Format in People Profile


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