I'm sorry but your description of interview seems like you should be manipulative and strategic during an interview. I guess DRW is looking for mature candidates and not the energetic ones.
Not at all! This year we picked up 5 college grads and 4 college interns. Most of our programmers are in their twenties or early thirties.
Look at it this way: you are interviewing with a firm that requires that you wear a jacket and tie to the interview. Is it manipulative or dishonest to comply with their request, even though you think suits are lame? (DRW doesn't require a suit for interview, btw.) Let's say a candidate's natural instinct in the interview is to kick his feet up on the table, put his arms behind your head, mumble, and avoid eye contact. Is it dishonest, strategic, or manipulative for the candidate to try to curb his natural instinct?
Like lots of other things in life, interviews are just another game, with a unique set of rules. The guidelines I gave are common-sense interviewing tips that you'll find in just about any guide to interviewing. I'm not suggesting that you be dishonest or manipulative -- just that you pay attention to your body language.
As has been oft-quoted, you won't get a second chance to make a first impression.
Chief Technology Officer
DRW Trading, LLC