Nerves are essentially anxiety about the outcome. Although nerves are created by the thought of going into an exam hall or an interview or on a stage, nerves are our bodies’s way of processing the anxiety about what other people might think and pressure you put on yourself about the future. When overcoming nerves, especially at the crucial moment when you need to perform to the best of your ability, it is important to instead overcome those anxieties about what other people think or what the future holds. And this answer is simple. Whatever comes of that interview, that exam, that performance is not the be-all-or-end-all. Everything can be rectified. Everything is a learning curve. Everything is experience. Everything will turn out well in the end and you will look back on it later in life and realise how small and insignificant it was. Go in there thinking ‘I’m going to the best I can do. Whatever comes of this, at least I know I tried my best’ (and in order to ensure you do your best, do a bit of preparation and practice, because that might not calm your nerves but it will increase your confidence). And don’t forget that nerves aren’t always a bad thing; they keep the adrenaline going which keeps your brain and body moving. If you learn to control this pressure you put on yourself and instead have fun, your interview, exam or performance will go much better because you will exude happiness, calmness, and strength.