You have that all important interview coming up, you know, the one to give you the thumbs up or the thumbs down. Your heart starts to pump a thousand times a minute and you get the butterfly feeling, perhaps even panic. How is it you can overcome your fear of those crucial interviews?

Have a word with yourself

One way to deal with your nerves is to simply bring in the sensible thoughts into the equation. Try to rationalise with yourself by asking 'actually, what is it I'm afraid of?' and then use this to win over your nerves. You are not about to sky dive from 20,000 ft and so if you think it through, yes they will ask lots of questions but ultimately it is a good opportunity for you to see if the company is right for you too! If you change your mindset in this way, you will feel that you are more in control and can focus better.

Preparation

A simple way to overcome your nerves is to actually ensure you are fully prepared having done relevant research of the company. A lot of nerves are down to feeling unprepared so making sure you have done this will help considerably. Whether it is a graduate scheme, internship or entry-level job, research all the ins and outs of the business, and if you can, the interviewer too. It's also a great idea to prepare any answers to potential questions. It may be that they have told you what type of questions they will ask (competency based for an example) and so try to pre-empt this and brainstorm ideas based on your experiences as this is what they will look for. Lastly, prepare some questions you want to ask at the end of the interview as this shows you are genuinely interested and enthusiastic about the role.

On the day

On the day of the interview it will be the simple things that will help to prevent any stress or panics. Make sure you know exactly where you are going, plan your route out the best you can and leave with plenty of time to spare. The most important point however, is to put on that smile and show off your personality to others (why not listen to some motivational happy music on route!).

Overall, it is always good to have some anxiety. However, these simple yet effective points really will help in crushing those pre interview nerves so you can concentrate on what really matters! Have you had a recent interview? Let us know how it went either commenting below or via Twitter & Facebook.