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I am a passionate, dedicated and expert recruiter who brings unrivaled experience and expertise to my clients and candidates in the field of accounting and finance throughout the greater Chicago market."

Marc Basil is a Brand Ambassador for Brilliant, and Senior Director of Financial Search, the permanent and direct hire division of Brilliant.

He is a charismatic professional who counsels his clients with his sharp wit and keen knowledge of the staffing and recruiting industry. He has a strong insight into the accounting and finance professions with nearly two decades worth of experience. The Basil Blog is an editorial-based blog from Marc’s point of view on issues affecting his candidate and client base.


4 Tips for Overcoming Recruiting Challenges in 2018

4 Tips for Overcoming Recruiting Challenges in 2018

With unemployment sitting at historic lows, job seekers are thriving in the labor markets. CareerBuilder released a report this month which stated that the overall employment picture looks strong, as March marked the 90th consecutive month of employment growth. With this in mind, it’s safe to say that the scale is certainly tipped in the favor of the candidate – often receiving multiple job offers at a time.

As the market becomes more competitive, hiring managers and recruiting managers must be prepared to navigate through the challenges, stay ahead of competitors and find the right candidates for their open roles.

Take a look at 4 Tips for Overcoming Recruiting Challenges in 2018 below.

1) “Have a Clear Game Plan”
No candidate enjoys their time being wasted, and unfortunately, there are hiring companies who enter the interview process without any direction. Most candidates pick up on this approach and can often times be turned off immediately. In order to avoid this outcome, the hiring team should have a clear plan before the interview and make the best of their time. For example, a well-prepared interviewer will read a candidate’s resume and cover letter before the interview, and devise questions of based on their experiences and skills.

2) “Why Should I Work Here?”
Job seekers realize the importance of representing their experience and qualifications in an interview in order to stand out from their competition – and hiring/recruiting managers should, too. Anyone conducting an interview should be willing and able to communicate with the candidate details of the company, including their mission, their team, the role at hand and even their outlook on the company. Find out what’s important to the candidate and be transparent on how the company can meet their needs.

3) “Time Kills all Deals”
Timeliness…urgency…rhythm. One of the most common frustrations voiced by candidates is the length of time the recruiting and interviewing cycle can take. It’s certainly in the company’s best interest to ensure that the key stakeholders prioritize the hiring process and make decisions in a timely manner. This includes following up with the candidate – regardless of the outcome.

4) “One Size Does Not Fit All”
It’s not always about seeking the “perfect candidate” on paper, rather it’s better to seek a strong candidate that is a perfect fit for the role and your company culture. Try to understand the needs, vision and values of your own company before interviewing candidates for a specific position, and have a clear understanding of who you’re looking for. Go beyond the resume – get to know the candidate personally and professionally in order to ultimately make the best decision.

What are some other tips for businesses to mitigate recruiting challenges in 2018? Sound off in the comment section below

Categories: Hiring, Recruiter, Job Market, Hiring Managers | Tags: Recruiting , Hiring , Labor Market , Job market |

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Early in his career, Marc built a solid relationship with now key leaders at Brilliant and was able to foster those relationships for many years, joining the company in early 2010, shortly after the firm opened its doors.

Because of the continued guidance from former CEO Jim Wong and current President Kathy Spearing – coupled with the opportunity to make people’s lives better each day– Marc stays compelled in his role as Senior Director of Brilliant Financial Search. Basil says, “I’m incredibly impressed with the running of the business. That, and the opportunity to work with our great clients, candidates and colleagues are what keeps me here.”

Marc's Philosophy Marc's Philosophy

  • He listens
  • He educates
  • He motivates
  • He coaches
  • He sets high expectations
  • He follows through on promises

Candidate Testimonials Candidate Testimonials

Working with Marc has been great. He helped me obtain the position that was right for me and my skills. Marc is open and honest with his recruits and is an effective communicator. He knows how to get the job done right because he stays organized and is knowledgeable about the job market. Most of all he is friendly and easy to work with. I would, and have done so on many occasions, recommended Marc as a recruiter you can trust to find the right opportunity for you.A Happy Staff Accountant

During my recent search, I worked with a few recruiters. However, none held the expertise nor prepared me for the interview as well as Marc did. Marc's initial meeting asked all the right questions to get me into roles where there was mutual interest. Marc was able to coach me through the process to present myself to my strengths as well as the hiring managers’ needs. It is truly a pleasure working with Marc, and I would be happy to work with him in the future.A Happy Senior Financial Analyst

Checkmark 5 Things to Know About Marc


He’s an avid runner. He’s ran multiple races, including a marathon, and runs 5 miles home from work every day.

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He enjoys good wine. His favorites are Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir.


His relationship with his in-laws is like a TV sitcom. They don’t speak English, and he doesn’t speak Spanish.


Marc was born and raised on the northwest side of Chicago – he is not a “suburban” guy.


Marc is a middle child of two sisters and two brothers.

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