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Dynamics 365 Spring 2018 Update: Introducing D365 for Talent

Post Author: Joe D365 |

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Talent is a part of the Dynamics 365 business applications platform that was introduced last fall. These applications have the power to transform your operations, improve engagement with your employees and customers, and help move your business forward. They are modern, intelligent technologies that can move you closer to digital transformation!


Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Talent is an application within the suite that modernizes many routine human resources tasks and automates processes related to growing your organization while keeping people as the center focus. These key processes include hiring, employee loyalty, benefits administration, performance and people management, training, and compensation planning.


Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Talent makes it easier to hire the right people, engage employees, and optimize your Human Resource programs. Most HR organizations maintain and operate disparate systems within their department. These disparate systems often result in time consuming tasks and a lack of analytics that are needed to effectively run the business.

Some of the hardest work business leaders have is recruiting great people with the right cultural fit and talent level to their team. Not only is it difficult to find the right people, but finding them quickly while attracting them in a way that demonstrates the true culture of your organization can be a challenge. HR and talent acquisition teams have struggled with this business problem for years.

Well, now there is a great solution to help you hire the right people, faster! Dynamics 365 for Talent integrates seamlessly with popular recruiting websites so you can build more qualified candidates. The hiring experience is streamlined with built-in screening and interview scheduling along with simplified feedback. The whole process was created to allow transparency for the entire hiring team, which in turn will help them make smarter hiring choices.

Dynamics 365 for Talent also lets you drive employee engagement right from the start with personalized plans that outline important tasks and trainings, allows users to share useful resources, and helps new employees make the right connections. Talent delivers a complete view of employees and their experience by centralizing your HR programs from benefits and compensation to absence reporting and compliance. You can be more successful at finding the right people by keeping them engaged, productive, and efficient to the company.



The road that leads to customer and business success starts by hiring skilled, empowered, and engaged employees. Dynamics 365 for Talent integrates with LinkedIn and enables you to compete for and build relationships while creating an extraordinary candidate experience.

You can ensure that candidates are treated like very important people with an easily accessible portal that provides guidance and transparency every step of the way. Today's workplaces require a new approach to selecting, engaging, and retaining the best talent. Your organization's brand cannot be successful without having a great candidate experience throughout the hiring process. The labor market has swung to a consumer-driven market in favor of the candidate as there simply not enough skilled workers in the market. The once dreaded "black hole" of not providing feedback during the interview process is now considered a "black eye."

With Dynamics 365 for Talent, you will be able to attract highly skilled, talented people with a compelling recruiting experience that engages candidates and facilitates collaboration across hiring teams. You can even personalize the contact and hiring experience for each candidate which showcases your company culture and brand before your employee is even hired.

You can efficiently set up the right interview team and schedule interviews within the Talent application. With a centralized location for candidate information, you can enable collaborative recruiting and share candidate feedback across the hiring team. Hiring managers have visibility into candidate profiles, assessment tools, interviewer assignments and mobile feedback.

One of the most important benefits of Dynamics 365 for Talent is the ability to save time by only interviewing qualified candidates and harnessing the power of LinkedIn to get ahead of the competition. The applications allows you to manage the screening and interview process, conduct collaborative interviews, and shorten the hiring process time. You can also schedule separate interview times for each person on the hiring team – as a team or just one-on-one.

As you can see below, interview scheduling is integrated and allows you to view both the candidate's and the hiring team's availability. Calendar invitations can even be sent from Attract application and are viewable by the team, so everyone can see the entire process in one place.


Each member of the hiring team can provide feedback either on their desktop or mobile device and they can customize who can see the feedback. Empowering your hiring manager is simple by providing them with visibility throughout the entire hiring process. The days of endless meetings to gain feedback on candidates or to have hiring status updates are over!


Another great feature of Dynamics 365 for Talent is the Onboard application. You can ensure that new employees are productive and impactful during their first critical months with a personalized onboarding experience. The application provides customized welcome guides to help new employees feel welcome. As soon as your candidate accepts their offer, you can send them a welcome note with a personalized onboarding checklist to help get administrative tasks done quickly, so you can focus on providing a memorable first day experience.


Employees also have a centralized location to view helpful resources such as videos, trainings, organization charts, and tips to navigate departments. You can also send them their job description with clearly defined roles, responsibilities, and key objectives.

Another benefit of Onboard is that you can help your new employee establish key connections within the organization. By creating socialization opportunities and providing easily accessible contact information and team details, you can align employees with other cross-functional teams. You can also monitor progress every step of the way and replicate successful onboarding experiences by saving guides as specific role templates.

Core Administrative Human Resources

Dynamics 365 for Talent takes your HR processes and responsibilities and combines them in a meaningful way for your leaders, managers, HR team, and current and future employees. The core processes include Labor Planning, Budgeting, Forecasting, Benefits Management, Labor Scheduling, Time and Attendance, Compensation Planning, Leave and Absence Management, and Task and Activity Management.

Dynamics 365 for Talent also turns performance measuring into a two-way conversation between employees and managers. You can inspire your team to do their best work by rewarding high performers and providing ongoing feedback with real-time performance dashboards and tracking. There is enhanced visibility with performance journals and goal management. Conduct collaborative performance reviews with the ability to offer feedback on active goals, rate competencies, and create career-path guides.


Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Talent really does make it easy to hire the right people, engage your employees, and optimize your HR programs. With Attract, you create precise candidate profiles, conduct the right interviews and hire the right people quickly. With Onboard, you enable a meaningful, productive orientation experience, and accelerate the productivity and business impact of new hires. With Core HR, you streamline your HR processes and increase retention. Get the best people on board, empower them to do their best work, and fulfill all your business objectives with Dynamics 365 for Talent!

Want to learn more about this subject and more? The Spring 2018 Update Webinar Series is an excellent resource for staying up to date on the latest CRM and ERP changes for Dynamics 365. Plus, it's all FREE! Register for one or more sessions now.

Happy Dynamics 365'ing!

By Joe D365
Joe D365 is a Microsoft Dynamics 365 superhero who runs on pure Dynamics adrenaline. As the face of PowerObjects, Joe D365’s mission is to reveal innovative ways to use Dynamics 365 and bring the application to more businesses and organizations around the world.

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