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Gigwalk Does Temp-Worker Hiring Without Job Interviews

A Gigwalk assignment might include snapping photographs of restaurants or food displays for online guides
A Gigwalk assignment might include snapping photographs of restaurants or food displays for online guidesPhotograph by Andrew Burton/Getty Images

The rate at which you reply to e-mails may reveal your overall competence. At least according to Gigwalk, a company that helps businesses hire on-the-spot temporary workers. “If you reply within an hour, your success rate for completing a job ends up being about 97 percent,” says Gigwalk Chief Executive Officer Bob Bahramipour. “But if it takes longer than five hours, that number drops to 47 percent.”

Gigwalk, launched in 2011 by three former Yahoo! colleagues, has developed several mathematical models that shed light on employee behavior and follow-through. To hone its metrics, the company evaluated more than 300,000 workers who have used the GPS-based Gigwalks app to take nearby jobs doing everything from testing iPhone software to snapping photos of restaurants and nail salons for online-mapping companies.