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Snowflake Integration

Billy Dowell Updated by Billy Dowell

Integrate Great Question and Snowflake

If you use Snowflake for your data storage and want that data pulled into your Great Question account, follow along with the steps below to get the ball rolling!

An integration with Snowflake makes managing your candidates easier and more streamlined. As well as ensuring a continuous flow of candidates into Great Question, updated candidate data, and more.

Only users with Admin level permissions can set up the Snowflake integration.

Need assistance setting up your Snowflake integration? Please reach out to [email protected]

Source guide from Snowflake

Before you begin, make sure your Snowflake schema has an id and email column.

Create a Snowflake OAuth Integration

  1. To create a Snowflake OAuth integration, use the CREATE SECURITY INTEGRATION (Snowflake OAuth) command.
create or replace security integration <integration_name>
type = oauth 
enabled = true
oauth_client = custom
oauth_client_type = 'PUBLIC'
oauth_redirect_uri = ''
oauth_allow_non_tls_redirect_uri = true
oauth_issue_refresh_tokens = true
oauth_refresh_token_validity =
Only account administrators (users with the ACCOUNTADMIN role) or a role with the global CREATE INTEGRATION privilege can execute this SQL command.
  1. Run these two commands to extract the information necessary to connect Snowflake with Great Question:
  • Run this to get the URL, which will look something like: 'https://<account>.<region>'
desc integration <integration_name>;
  • Run this to get the OAUTH_CLIENT_ID and OAUTH_CLIENT_SECRET
select system$show_oauth_client_secrets(<integration_name>);
Connecting with Great Question and importing candidates
  1. After you have all the information from the steps above, you can go to User Menu > Account > Integrations within Great Question (or click here) and add the information to connect with Snowflake using your credentials.
Snowflake integration
  1. Once you are connected, you will see the screen below:
Snowflake integration

Let's break this screen down:

Warehouse, Database, Table and Schema (required)

  • This is where your data lives inside Snowflake. Add the values to tell us where to get the data from.

File Format

  • The File Format needs to be created in case you want data exported from Great Question into Snowflake. It is a named file format that describes a set of staged data to access or load into Snowflake tables. You can find more information about it on the official documentation.

Here is an example:

create file format MY_FILE_FORMAT
type = CSV;

Only import contacts with gq_import tag

  • In case you want to restrict access from specific records in the table you chose, you can add a boolean column called gq_import and the records with false won't be imported into Great Question.

Enable push candidates

  • When enabled, this will allow data to be exported from Great Question into Snowflake. It will create a CANDIDATES table inside the database you configured previously and add the id and email of all existing candidates. Make sure you have the proper permissions to create the table and insert data to it. It is useful in case you want to restrict which candidates will get synced back to Great Question to only those existing in Great Question already. Note: The Snowflake user connected to GQ needs to have owner privileges to the warehouse.

When a candidate is deleted from Snowflake

  • If a previously imported record is removed from Snowflake, the candidate will not be deleted automatically from our Great Question database. This is a limitation of how our integration currently works. However, if you want to automatically delete records from Great Question, you can add a boolean column is_deleted to Snowflake and select what type of behavior you want when the record is imported to Great Question.
    The export will happen daily at 23:30 PST or you can trigger manually using the Export Data button.
  1. After clicking Save, you are good to go!
    1. The candidates will be synced every 24 hours at midnight PST, and you can trigger a sync manually at the candidate's page.
Add candidates Snowflake import

Custom Attributes

All columns from Snowflake will be available in Great Question. If you want to be able to use any specific column, you need to create a candidate attribute for it. In order to do that, you go to Account > Candidate attributes > New attribute (or click here).

The name of the attribute must match the column name from Snowflake.

Have Questions?

Please reach out to us in the chat or at [email protected]!

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