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10 Tips to Hire the Best Staff for your Business and Get Better Productivity

In this business tips, I will show you the 10 tips top hire the best staff for your business. These tips will help you get the best professionals in your team to ensure maximal business growth.

No matter how skilful or how professional an entrepreneur is, he cannot run his business enterprise without employing labour because the task is too enormous to be solely executed. This write up is a pointer to the need for every leader to find and hire the best workers based on competence to help achieve the entrepreneurial dream.

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The success of an entrepreneur depends on his ability to put together a team of highly qualified people who are committed to the goals and objectives of your business.

10 Tips to Hire the Best Staff for your Business
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A new business will need to carry out the recruiting process without professional help and this will require a concise understanding of how hiring will support your business strategy, who you need to hire and recruit, a good employment package and a hiring process that is in lieu with the Nigerian employment laws.

Watch out for candidates who are smart, dedicated, loyal, innovative, flexible and experienced. Employing unqualified workers or staff, who lack required and basic skill in the line of your business or industry will grossly lower productivity and leave your business generally with pitfalls.

A competent work force on the other hand will record good success driven by high performance; competence here refers to the ability to meet the specific requirements of an organisation by performing specific job tasks.

For the entrepreneur, new employees are investments that must yield favourable returns over time; an efficient work force is beneficial to both employer and employees because it creates a positive work environment and minimises personal frictions and bias; building a solid relationship between staff and employers.

The issue here is, how entrepreneurs especially young ones can find and employ qualified and competent staff in a country like Nigeria where education doesn’t literally translate to skill and competence.

In this present economy, entrepreneurs cannot afford to lose time and money as a result of inexperienced workers because the cost of finding, interviewing and training new employees is considerably high.

Finding and hiring suitable employees can be cumbersome but you can follow certain guidelines to confidently aid you towards achieving desired results.

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10 Tips to Hire the Best Staff for your Business

Here are factors to be considered when in search of new employees:


check for loyal and passionate candidates by studying their job history. Is the person only seeking greener pastures? Will they be willing to work for long terms or will they run away when faced with challenges?

Someone who lacks passion will constitute a problem to your firm.


This is very important because resumes may contain lies. You cannot solely depend on the information provided on resumes as a reference point. Use different methods to test and evaluate the analytical skill and ability of your candidate to learn fast. Make sure your candidate possess the right qualifications and skills you desire.


How willing is your candidate to get along with others? Find out if the candidate has social and interpersonal skills; are they willing to work with a team?

A person who cannot get along with others poses a danger if hired. Again, will the candidate be able to complete tedious tasks even under pressure?

Capability is a pointer to the candidate’s ability and willingness to grow and make room for improvement while taking on more responsibility.


The advantages of hiring interns outweigh the disadvantages. It is one of the most trusted ways of hiring the right staff for your business.

It easy to know the strengths, weaknesses, skills, knowledge, attitudes, confidence levels, behavioural patterns of interns and you can evidence of practical work from them.


Find out if your candidates are active on social media this is a plus for entrepreneurs hiring for tech businesses. Social media will reveal so much on your candidates to you than asking personal questions during interviews.


Make your hiring professional and less cumbersome by stipulating clearly all the job requirements like education and skills required.

This will strictly attract only applicants that meet your requirements. Focus on knowing the capabilities, skills, confidence, and potentials of candidates during interviews.

Invite other professionals to aid in the recruitment and evaluation process and be ready to make provisions for training of fresh intakes where the need arises.

Establish an employee referral program , utilize school placement offices and offer competitive compensation packages and remember to make available a n attractive work environment.


Make sure the value of your candidate aligns with yours; watch out for honest, dedicated and selfless team players whose cultural values will not disrupt their productivity in the work place.

Culture tends to shape the way humans perceive ideas, it influences our behavioural patterns and determines how humans co-exist.

Nigeria is deeply cultural and religious, be careful to ensure that the culture of your candidate is in lieu with yours to avoid disruptions.


Make sure your employees agree to your compensation package because an unsatisfied employee will under preform. Make your remuneration comfortable as this is of utmost importance.


Try to very information provided by candidates, run a thorough check to avoid hiring people who pose a threat to your business. Run a criminal background check if possible and necessary.

10. Define the Job Before Hiring:

Make sure you explain the job analysis very well in your recruitment information. These are information about the duties, job responsibilities, necessary skills need, expected outcomes, and work environment of a particular job. When doing this, anyone who wish to apply for the job will first evaluate his/herself if they are actually qualified for the job.


What do entrepreneurs stand to gain by employed skilled and qualified labour? Lets begin with cost. An efficient labour force will reduce operating costs of any firm.

Efficiency means a reduction in waste, spills and shortages because everyone executes their duties with a certain level of expertise that births productivity.

The presence of capable and competent workers also encourages effective communication of ideas needed to grow, problems are solved without much ado and a high order critical thinking, problem solving, innovation and organisational skills are fostered within the organisation.

Skilled workers tend to be more flexible a d adapt easily to different responsibilities and routines. This creates room for advancement.

A competent employee is always ready to take up responsibilities when new tasks are assigned to them, because they are confident, experienced and willing to learn.

An experienced work force reduces demand for over sight, they offer proficiency and are of competitive advantage to the entrepreneur.

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Lami Ogar

Lami is from cross river state and holds a B.sc in accounting from a Nigerian university. Writing for her is a form of detoxification, she has written several articles for Essence magazine and runs political commentary on twitter. InfoGuide Nigeria is a team of Resource Persons and Consultants led by Ifiokobong Ibanga. Page maintained by Ifiokobong Ibanga. If you need a personal assistance on this topic, kindly contact us.

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