Our IT team at PGi commits to three things for success: our philosophy of agile, our framework of scrum and our team of skilled workers. Today, though, it's nearly impossible to find great IT workers unless you\u2019re willing to really work at it.\nAbout half a million IT jobs currently sit open, and because of the rapid pace of new digital developments, projections show skilled workers won\u2019t keep up with the increase of new tech jobs created in the near future.\nTo find top talent amidst tech talent shortages, your IT organization must start looking outside the box. Future IT talent will look wildly different from today\u2019s workers, starting by being located outside your region and even outside typical experience requirements.\nHere\u2019s how we build great IT teams by reinventing the typical candidate screening and interview process.\nGo to the A-Players\nIT organizations that go where the best talent already is are the ones that will be most successful.\nBetween PGi\u2019s existing global workforce and new acquisitions, a distributed agile team just made sense for us, but remote work isn\u2019t just for dispersed enterprises. It\u2019s the future of IT. Millennials in particular prefer to work from home, if not from a collaborative space in the office.\nYou will encounter challenges with distributed agile teams, but for every stumbling block, there\u2019s a collaboration solution. We build trust with daily stand-up meetings via video conference, and we create transparency using a cloud-based project management tool.\nMeet Candidates in Person\nIt\u2019s very easy for candidates to rely on notes to fly through rapid-fire questions on phone interviews. We\u2019ve found that online video interviews produce better results on initial rounds of screenings and introductions.\nWe want to find A-players that strengthen the relationship between IT and the business and that fit within our IT culture of collaboration. So it\u2019s not enough that a candidate gives me the answers I want to hear. They need to be able to intelligently have a back-and-forth conversation about technology and IT processes.\nWatch Them in Action\nI want to know a candidate can do what they claim on their resume. After we narrow down a list of candidates at PGi, we put them into a challenged-based candidate pit interview in our physical and video conferencing rooms where we ask them to perform the skills listed on their resume, and some not on their resume.\nIf they pass this interview, I know they\u2019re good. They may not even be the most experienced person, but based on this, I know they can handle stress, work in a collaborative space, perform well in a team environment and solve complex problems.\nIf I ask them about something that\u2019s not on their resume, and they use the resources at their disposal to find a rational answer, I know they have the right mindset to ignore what they can\u2019t do and focus on what they can. And that\u2019s critical to our agile philosophy: a rapid learning pace, an ability to execute and being able to add business value.\nThe future of business collaboration is at the heart of the future of IT, quickly evolving the way we work, the role of IT and what the ideal IT worker looks like. Download our free eBook today, \u201cThe Future of Business Collaboration: 2015 Edition,\u201d to look ahead at what\u2019s in store.