Workday Interview Questions

Any enterprise must keep track of their resources. That is why ERP systems have gained popularity over the years. The ERP systems provide 24/7 real-time visibility across an enterprise and improve operational efficiency. Workday has become a leader in the ERP industry and stands as a one-stop destination for all your business processes management and systems optimization.
In this post, we will be discussing Workday interview questions. Our Workday experts have put together a set of 30 frequently asked workday interview questions and answers that can be easily understandable by anyone. The below questions include both Workday HCM interview questions and Workday technical interview questions.

Most Frequently asked Workday Interview Questions

1. What is Workday?

Ans: Workday is a cloud-based software vendor for finance, HR, and planning. It was founded in the year 2005 with headquarters at Pleasanton, Calif. It offers services and products for resource management, planning, students, learning management systems, etc. It provides greater information accessibility on the cloud with analytics capabilities on Big Data.

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2. What are the advantages of Workday?

Ans: Here are some of the advantages of Workday,

  • The services can be access from anywhere at any time
  • No prior programming knowledge is needed to work with Workday
  • Very intuitive and easy to interact user interface
  • It offers instant access to data in real-time
  • Generate reports which are useful for managers to make data-driven decisions
  • Improves enterprise efficiency and it is highly scalable
3. What are the different modules offered by Workday?

Ans: Workday offers many services that suit enterprise needs,

  • Human Capital Management
  • Enterprise Planning
  • Financial Management
  • Analytics
  • Professional Services Automation
  • Student
  • Data-as-a-Service
4. Explain about Workday HCM

Ans: Workday HCM enforces visibility into your workforce through managing HR functions like planning, recruiting, etc. It manages your global workforce with the manager and employee self-service. It also provides analytics on your workforce data like talent, labor, and cost. 

5. What are the features of Workday Human Capital Management?

Ans: Here are some of the many features that Workday HCM offers,

  • Human resource management
  • Reporting and analytics
  • Global compliance
  • Audit and internal controls
  • Workforce planning
  • Recruiting
  • Talent management
  • Payroll management
  • Time and absence management
  • Expenses

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6. How much does Workday HCM cost?

Ans: Workday HCM is available in two pricing models - subscription-based and one-time license. The cost will depend on the features used by the enterprise. You have to get in touch with product sales to get the exact cost for the features that are needed.

7. How many Workday updates are released per year?

Ans: Workday releases major feature updates twice a year, in March (R1 or Release 1) and September (R2 or Release 2). Workday released its latest update, 'Workday Release 2020R1' on March 7, 2020.

8. What browsers are supported by Workday?

Ans: Workday supports most of the internet browsers like Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari. A user can use any of these browsers to log in to their Workday.

9. Give the names of post-production and pre-production tenants in Workday

Ans: Implementation, Implementation Preview, Gold are the pre-production tenants. Production, Sandbox, Sandbox Preview are the post-production tenants. 

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10. What are the types of reports that we can generate in Workday?

Ans: Workday offers three types of reporting,

Basic - create simple reports on Time Off, Pay, etc. regularly and export them to Excel or as a PDF. 

Advanced - create reports by performing join on two tables, filtering rows, multi-level sorting, etc.

Composite - create reports with more complex calculations. 

11. What are the ways to access the Workday Delivered report?

Ans: There are three ways to access a Workday Delivered report,

  • Browse by category in the Sitemap
  • Run Workday Standard Reports
  • Give the name of the report in the search bar
12. Define RaaS Report

Ans: We can create custom reports in Workday and expose them as web services.  This can be with the help of Reporting as a Service (RaaS) interface. The output of this web service can be of RSS, XML, or JSON format.

13. How is Workday reporting different from other SQL ERP systems?

Ans: Workday Reporting follows an object-oriented relationship model. We have to select the primary business source and data model while creating reports. SQL ERP system uses the relational database model.

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14. If a report is shared with everyone in an organization, will anyone be able to get the same output with the same input values?

Ans: No, the output will depend on the level of access of the user to the data source. If the user has access only to specific rows, he can only see the statistics of those rows in the report.

15. Can anyone in an organization generate a report in Workday?

Ans: Generating reports will depend on the access level that the user has. The level of access is assigned to all the users of Workday. Based on the level of access, we can limit which reports that they can generate or what reports they can view. 

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16.Explain about organizations in Workday

Ans: An organization is a group of workers that serves a specific purpose. An organization follows a hierarchy that enables a parent-child relationship. Supervisors on top of the hierarchy will be able to track workers and approve business processes.

17. What are security groups in Workday?

Ans: A security group consists of a group of users who need to access specific data or perform some actions. Following are the Workday security groups,

  • All users
  • All employees
  • All Contingent workers
  • All Terminees
  • All Retirees 
18. What are the Workday security group types?

Ans: Workday provides five types of security groups,

  • User-based
  • Role-Based 
  • Job-Based
  • Level based 
  • Integration System
19. What is meant by the business process?

Ans: A business process is a set of tasks that users can create, act upon, and complete. These business processes are created with a combination of actions, approvals, checklists, etc. 

20. What are the business process steps in Workday?

Ans: Following are the steps involved in a business process,

  • Entry Condition
  • Exit Condition
  • Running Conditions 
  • Validation Condition

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21. What are the approval process steps in the Workday business process?

Ans: Below are the approval process steps of a business process,

  • Individual Approval
  • Approval Chain
  • Consolidated Approval 
  • Consolidated Approval Chain 
  • Mass Approval
22. How can we check and mark a business process action behavior when it is already running?

Ans: We can change the behavioral pattern of a business process using the below actions,

  • cancel
  • Reassign
  • Delegate
  • Correct
23. Explain about security policies in Workday

Ans: There are two types of security policies in Workday,

Business Process Policy - define which security group can view or modify data within domains

Domain Policy - indicate which security groups can participate in the business process

24. What are Workday calculated fields?

Ans: Calculated fields are referred to as programming variables/database record buffers. They are represented as 'Calc fields' or 'CF' and are used in reports and integrations.

25. Can we access Workday HCM through mobile?

Ans: Yes, we can access Workday HCM through any mobile with an internet connection. We can give the Workday tenant URL in the browser and access it. 

26. Does Workday support API integration?

Ans: No, Workday does not support API integration.

27. Name some ERP systems that Workday can integrate to

Ans: The workday can integrate into ERP systems from different vendors like Oracle, SAP, ServiceNow, or PeopleSoft with the help of MuleSoft’s Anypoint Connectors.

28. What is the use of XSLT in Workday?

Ans: XSLT in Workday is used to transform data. XSLT functions are used for complex logic when a sequence of atomic values have to be returned.

29. What type of support does Workday offer?

Ans: Workday offers support through 3 mediums,

  • Knowledge Base
  • Online Support 
  • Phone Support 
30. List some customers who use Workday

Ans: Customers of Workday include Airbnb, Rolls-Royce, Netflix, National Geographic, Bank of America, J.B. Hunt, Sony, Visa, and many more.

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