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2808373 - Error Message When Downloading the Blank .CSV Template File - Recruiting Management


When creating candidates accounts via .CSV file, the blank template is no longer available and the system is throwing the following error message:


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Reproducing the Issue

  1. Go to Recruiting -> Candidates Tab
  2. In the "Add Candidate" dropdown, choose "Bulk Create Candidates from .CSV File"
  3. Click to download a blank template



The blank .CSV file that is being created will be based on the Candidate Profile template configured in the system. If the CPT has any discrepancy or misconfiguration, the system won't be able to create the file and will display the mentioned error message.


NOTE: There is a known-issue with the same error message. The internal teams are already working on it and there is a planned fix. Please refer to the following KBA for more informationError while downloading the Blank Csv template from Bulk Candidate Import feature

The most common misconfigurations in the CPT that will be related to the above error are standard fields like, e.g., contactEmail, country, set as custom="true" or the other way around, when a custom field is set as custom="false". To validate the CPT fields, you can check the field-definition section in the Implementation Guide: Field-Definition Element Guide.

You can also validate the template when importing the same in Provisioning, by checking the validation message the system will display after the import.

  1. In Provisioning
  2. Edit Candidate Profile Template
  3. Re-enter the template to check the validations


If, by any chance, you don't have access to any of the guides or tools required to proceed with this validation, please reach out to an implementation partner team.

See Also

Field-Definition Element Guide

2343467 - Candidate Profile - Implementation Tips & Tricks from Support - Recruiting Management


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