Document Signing Stage

Document Signing is a stage type you can add to your hiring workflow that enables applicants to sign documents such as agreements, contracts, W9 tax forms, etc. You can insert merge keys to pre-fill the form with the applicant's unique data, which could optimize and simplify your document signing process.


Our document signing is completely secure and compliant with all major eSignature laws, including ESIGN, UETA, European Union eIDAS (EU No.910/2014). Additionally, all access is over HTTPS and all documents are encrypted at rest. A secure Audit Trail is also provided that includes access times and IP addresses.

What's Covered 

For pricing information, go to your Company Settings by clicking on your profile name on the top right, and select Document Signing under the Add-Ons section.

Create Document Signing Templates

Before you can add a document signing stage in the workflow, you'll need to set up the document as a template by uploading the document file(s) and adding form fields and signature areas.

Best Practice

If you have a few documents for applicants to sign, we recommend setting them up as separate templates opposed to combining multiple documents into one long document. Applicants get overwhelmed by long documents, which can cause higher drop-off rates. Separating your documents also allows the applicant to complete some of your paperwork, even if they don't have the necessary information to finish all of the forms.

  1. Navigate to your Company Settings.
  2. Click on Document Signing in the menu on the left.
  3. Click on the Templates tab and then click the Create Template blue button.
  4. Upload your document into the file box by dragging and dropping or by clicking on the box.


    You can upload multiple files of different file types (PDF, JPEG, PNG, Docx) and Fountain will combine them all into one long document that the applicant will see and fill out. Images of different dimensions and sizes may be compressed or stretched to fit standard letter size, so please preview and try to use the 8.5x11 dimensions.

  5. By default, the applicant is always required to sign the document. If additional internal signers are needed, click + Add Role and give the role a name e.g. Manager. You'll be able to assign an internal user to this role later in the stage setup.
  6. If there is information you would like to automatically populate into the template, add them in the section under Merge Keys. You can add any custom merge key that is available to you, as well as any standard key to a document signing template!

    This includes things like Applicant Name, Address, Phone Number, Date Of Birth, and answers to questions you've asked in your Application form or Data Collection stages. Be sure to add all relevant merge keys now, as you will not be able to add more to your template later.

  7. Enter a title for your Template, and include a message or brief description of the template. 
  8. Select Prepare Template, and a new window of your document will appear where you'll be adding fields to make it a template.
  9. Click on the form field type you want to add on the top, and then click on the document where you the field to be placed. You can also drag and drop the fields into your document. To resize the field box, drag on the lower right corner.


    Form Field Settings

    You can choose who completes each form field. After you have added a field to your document, you can click on the drop-down under Signers and select one of the following:


    Me (Now) Fountain
    (when sending)
    Applicant Additional Roles
    This setting allows you to add permanent text, check a box, or add a date to your template that no other signer can change later. This is great for pre-checking boxes that you know everyone will need to check or fixing some wording on a contract.
  10. Press Continue and your template will be created!

Document Signing Stage Settings

Now that you have added the document signing template, we can add the Document Signing stage to the workflow and link that stage to the template.


Document Signing Configurations

In the Document Signing Stage, add in the template(s) you want the applicant to fill out/sign.

Document Version Choice

If you have a few versions of the same document for the applicant to choose from, add all the templates and leverage the advance logic that says "complete ANY template". Make sure you indicate in the stage instructions to complete only one of the forms in the Applicant Portal.

Signers Settings

If your template has a second signer role, select the internal user for the role. Only one user can be assigned to a role.

When a new applicant completes this Document Signing stage, a new button will appear on the Applicant Table so your team will know when a document needs to be signed by the internal team member. Click on the X signatures needed blue button and you'll be able to see the status of all the documents that need a co-signature and the applicant's signature status.  Only the internal user assigned to the role be able to sign the document.


Other Stage Settings

For more information about other stage settings that is common to all stage types, like adding Follow Up Messages and Applicant Portal, please go to the Build the Workflow section.

Applicant's Experience

When applicants land in the Document Signing stage, they will be prompted to sign the templates you initially selected when adding the document signing stage to the workflow.
Once the applicant clicks the 'Review & Sign' button, a window containing the document will appear and the applicant will be prompted to complete the required fields and/or sign the form.

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