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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.


The Truth About Ghosting (in the Staffing Industry)

In the 20 years that I’ve been recruiting for accounting and finance positions in Chicago, it’s true that the market has never been as strong as it is today. With the unemployment rate at less than 3 percent, job seekers tend to have the upper hand in the hiring process – weighing several opportunities at a time. This shift of power, however, has recently raised a new topic of discussion in the staffing industry – ghosting.

Hiring managers define ghosting as the act of job seekers failing to return phone calls and emails, ditching scheduled interviews, or even worse, failing to show up for their first day after accepting a position.

While a trendy name gives the impression that this is something new, the fact of the matter is, candidates AND hiring companies have been engaging in this type of behavior for as long as I can remember.

In order to tackle this unwanted phenomena, it’s important to understand it thoroughly. Take a look at The Truth About Ghosting (in the Staffing Industry) below!

1) Ghosting Works Both Ways
While it has been deemed a candidate-behavior, ghosting is not exclusive to job seekers. Unfortunately, many recruiters, human resources professionals and hiring managers have also been known to ghost during the interview process. This unprofessional habit can leave job seekers feeling discouraged while lacking the significant feedback or closure they deserve. Unfortunately, there aren’t many candidates who I’ve worked with who haven’t experienced this at some point, which may be why many believe it’s acceptable to reciprocate.

2) It Can Destroy Your Reputation & Relationships
The wider my professional network expands, the more fascinated I become by how small the professional world can be. Whether I’m building a relationship around a company, a recruiter, a hiring manager or a job seeker, I find myself sharing mutual connections with almost everyone I meet. Needless to say, brand management and network-nurturing are imperative to enhancing your professional reputation. You never know who is going to be connected to whom. Therefore, when ghosting a professional connection, you essentially risk your entire network and image.

3) Stay Top of Mind
There’s no doubt that a job search can be overwhelming – especially if the candidate is currently working or has multiple job offers. When a job seeker accepts a new offer, it’s easy to cease communication with recruiters and hiring companies that have presented other opportunities. However, pulling an act of ghosting, by ignoring phone calls or ditching other interviews, can still negatively affect you. In other words, it’s important to be fully transparent with recruiting professionals and hiring managers when you accept another job offer as well as keep them updated with any type of update regarding your job search. This will allow you to maintain a relationship with these hiring professionals and help you stay top-of-mind for them when other opportunities arise.

Do you have any other truths about ghosting? Comment below!

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

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Marc's Story Marc's Story

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

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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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