Do you find recruitment an overwhelming time drain? Keith Alper of Creative Producers Group, in St. Louis, has found an interviewing method that quickly narrows the job-applicant pool down to the strongest candidates--by checking out a dozen candidates in less than an hour. Potential hires at the 30-employee corporate-communications agency are invited to a 20-minute presentation about the company, followed by a question-and-answer period. Afterward, each candidate meets with a senior staff member for 5 minutes. According to Alper, many participants disqualify themselves right away by being late or asking inane questions. The few candidates who make the first cut return for a more in-depth interview. The ones who don't, Alper claims, appreciate not having wasted a lot of time.