Power BI Test

A Power BI test can help you hire the right employees based on their skills and abilities to use the Power BI platform.

  • What is a Power BI test?

    A Power BItest is a test that evaluates an individual's competence in using and understanding the Power BI software.

    The test evaluates how well candidates can use key features of the software. These include data visualisation, using data analysis expressions to create columns or custom tables, and data modeling using Power BI's editor.

    Power BI is a software package used across many sectors, such as financial services and the retail industry. The results from the test help recruiters ascertain candidates' proficiency in using Power BI as relevant to the role they have applied to.

Identify the best candidates and hire faster

Our pre-employment tests let you drill down to the best candidates at the click of a button.

  • Find those candidates who will excel in the role.

    Select the assessments that match the skills or behaviours for the position. You can test for software or coding competency, soft skills like teamwork, or personality traits, to be sure those who pass have high potential.

  • Reduce costs and time.

    No more laborious sifting of resumes or cover letters. Pick your ideal assessment mix, invite your applicants to take them, see the results in your dashboard. Get to the interview stage fast.

  • Eliminate bias.

    All your candidates take the assessments on a level playing field. Only their results determine whether they get shortlisted.

  • Why is a Power BI test so important when hiring?

    Power BI is a software programme with multiple uses. The software is used across many businesses to collate, analyse and make sense of data enabling individuals to make evidence-based decisions.

    Evaluating this skill is difficult through an application or interview alone. Candidates may state they are proficient in using Power BI. Still, as a recruiter, you want to practically determine their skill level in using the software and its different applications effectively.

    The Power BI test overcomes this difficulty by providing you with an easy-to-administer and objective tool that enables you to shortlist from your applicant pool, only those candidates that demonstrate the skill level needed for the role requirements.

    In addition to evaluating an individual's proficiency in using the many functions of Power BI, the test also assesses how well candidates can work under pressure, their ability to problem-solve, and their basic numeracy and logical reasoning skills in creating formulas and expressions.

    Given its multiple uses in many industries, a Power BI test would be a useful assessment to include in the recruitment process for several roles.

    These include:

    • Data scientists
    • Business managers
    • Data analysts
    • Retail managers
    • Business intelligence specialists
    • Business intelligence developers
    • Software engineers

Sample Power BI Test question

Which DAX function should be used to calculate the sum of a column based on a certain condition?

  • SUMX




How to assess Power BI skills using our test

Our Power BI test asks a variety of questions that vary in difficulty level. Candidates who can proficiently use Power BI should be able to answer the questions correctly.

The Power BI test provides valuable insight into what a candidate knows and understands. The test is structured using multiple-choice questions - a familiar format for most test-takers, that allows for instant and objective scoring.

As well as the correct answer, there are typically 2-4 distractors, representing common misconceptions and mistakes. This helps make the test more challenging, so a candidate's ability can be measured more accurately.

Test scores can be compared to other test-takers in your talent pool to see how they perform relative to each other.

Each test has been thoroughly reviewed to ensure accuracy and validity in line with industry standards. It has been written, examined and edited by Power BI experts and psychometric professionals. A diverse sample of job seekers has also reviewed it to check for any issues including sensitivity, face validity, fairness and accessibility.

This test is continually monitored so our team can optimize performance and regularly assess fairness issues.


Predictor of job success

Picked provides evidence-based recommendations for tests to use for over 750 jobs. Our recommendation engine leverages data from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) developed by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).
  • Assessments

    A full suite of assessments

    Our platform comes with 12 tests across both foundation and advanced levels so they’re suitable for everyone. Including aptitude, behavioural and personality tests, you’ll have a full range of tests to help you find the candidates you’re seeking.

  • Analytics

    An array of candidate metrics

    For each of your candidates, you’ll be given a comprehensive report. Included will be all the metrics you need to build a detailed picture of each candidate and ensure you’re making the right hiring decisions.

“The platform is so simple to use. I had used competitor providers for over six years and will never go back. Fast, efficient and friendly!”
Greg Chambers, HR Business Partner, Littlefish Ltd
Greg Chambers, HR Business Partner, Littlefish Ltd
Power BI Test expert

Devised by an expert

Developed by our team of I/O psychologists, psychometricians and subject matter experts, our assessments provide reliable, valid and impartial results. They strictly follow industry best practices and stay on the leading edge of innovations to have job seekers’ unique profiles, abilities and knowledge accurately evaluated while minimising bias. They draw on years of research and cutting-edge predictive analytics to create assessments that provide valuable insights into performance, retention, culture fit and more.

Power BI Test FAQs

What is Power BI used for?

Power BI has a range of functions but is primarily used to analyse, collate and gain insights from data. The software enables users to create data visualisations, while the test allows you to make informed hiring decisions that ultimately help drive business performance.

Is the Power BI test difficult?

The Power BI test is designed to thoroughly and objectively evaluate an individual's proficiency in using the Power BI software and its functions. A high score on the test indicates that an individual is proficient in using Power BI as relevant to the role requirements. Those who are comfortable using the software in their day-to-day roles are likely to perform well on the test.

What other skills are required for Power BI?

To effectively use Power BI and its associated functions in analysing and organising data to provide meaningful insights, they need to demonstrate an ability to solve problems, think logically, and have strong numeracy skills. Data modeling and presentation skills are also beneficial to enable individuals to use the software to its fullest capability.

Why is knowledge of Power BI important?

Power BI is a tool that is used across multiple industries and sectors. In today's world, many organisations are using Power BI to gain a deeper insight into their business data and make decisions on how to develop their business in the future. Individuals who have a working knowledge of Power BI bring value to an organisation by understanding this specialist software and how to use it to its full potential.

“An unbeatable service, impressive platform and fantastic value for money.”
Laurence Fishman, Partner, NLPCA
Laurence Fishman, Partner, NLPCA

Ready to try Test Candidates?

Compare your next great hires today

Try for free