Power BI Interview Questions and FAQs

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Power BI is a highly demanded job and many companies seek users, Data Analysts, and BI Developers with the skills to handle Power BI as a self-service business intelligence solution. If you are thinking about applying for a Power BI related job, take a look at this helpful information for interview questions and answers.


This tutorial provides some Power BI interview questions that you may be asked and areas of discussion during an interview.

What is Power BI?

Power BI is a powerful real-time tool used in Business Intelligence (BI) for data visualization from different data sources like Microsoft Excel, CSV files, Azure SQL Database, AWS, SQL Server, Oracle, SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS), Tableau, data warehouse, data mart, and several other sources. Power BI Developers can create reports, charts, dashboards, and more for data analytics purposes.

What is a .pbix File?

Power BI files are saved using the PBIX extension. You can save your Power BI reports in a file with the PBIX extension and export them to other machines that use Power BI.

What is the Dataverse?

Power BI Dataverse

The Dataverse in Power BI is the Microsoft Dataverse. It is storage in the cloud to store tables from the Power Platform. The Power Platform includes Power BI, Power Apps, Power Automate, Power Virtual Agents, and Power Pages. All these applications can store information in the Dataverse.

Are you Certified in Power BI?

It takes time to be certified. If you do not have time to get the certification, at least study some material to ensure that you know the tool. Here is a great article about Power BI certification:

Another place for study material is the free Microsoft website that you can find here:

Do you have experience with DAX Functions?

DAX (Data Analysis Expression) is used to calculate columns, get data from Power BI, and calculate values. It is a must to know.

The following links can help you to improve your skills with DAX formulas and functions.

Do you have experience with R or Python?

This question is for advanced users, especially data scientists. R and Python are very popular programming languages (especially Python).

Several jobs do not require R and Python knowledge, but knowing a little about these languages is a plus.

The following links will help you to learn how to use R or Python in Power BI.

What are some Power BI Best Practices that you follow?

Here are some best practices for Power BI Apps:

Here are some articles explaining best practices:

Which Custom Visuals have you used in Power BI Dashboards?

I strongly recommend checking the Get more visuals option and other visuals that are not included by default.

Get more visuals

Use them and include them in your portfolio.

Some power bi custom visuals

Do you have some Power BI Dashboards that you can show us?

It is strongly recommended to have a portfolio published on the web with your best reports and dashboards.

Go to the Microsoft Power BI Gallery and try to publish your Dashboards there. A great dashboard is worth a thousand words in your CV.

Power BI Reports community

Do You Know How to Use the Q&A in Power BI?

Q&A is an AI visual that helps you quickly get an answer from your data. You can ask a question using natural language.

Next Steps
  • Power BI is an extremely popular tool. I strongly recommend studying the material for the certification exam to make sure you know the technical skills and to also create a portfolio for the interview.
  • Read the articles that are linked above and you should have a much better interview. Good luck!

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MSSQLTips author Daniel Calbimonte Daniel Calbimonte is a Microsoft SQL Server MVP, Microsoft Certified Trainer and 6-time Microsoft Certified IT Professional. Daniel started his career in 2001 and has worked with SQL Server 6.0 to 2022. Daniel is a DBA as well as specializes in Business Intelligence (SSIS, SSAS, SSRS) technologies.

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Article Last Updated: 2022-12-22

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