SAN ANTONIO—Appearing upbeat and optimistic upon leaving the offices of Red Spur Media on Thursday, local job applicant Marc Tullman told reporters he totally nailed his interview with the man who will make his existence a waking nightmare for the next five years.

The 32-year-old prospective marketing analyst said he “knocked it out of the park” during his meeting with Red Spur vice president Peter Palmero, who in just several weeks will start casually dismissing Tullman’s ideas and begin to routinely embarrass him in front of colleagues, setting the hellish tone of his work life for years to come.

“I just walked into that office and absolutely crushed it—it couldn’t have gone any better,” said Tullman, who according to sources will have impossible expectations placed upon him every single day by Palmero and, as the years of inevitably failing to live up to those standards go by, will be reduced to a deflated husk of a man. “After listening to what Peter said about the direction of the company and the position they’re looking to fill right now, I have no doubt I’m the right person for the job. And I got the sense he felt the same way.”

“We just really connected, you know?” he continued, referring to the man who won’t hesitate to use him as a scapegoat anytime things go wrong. “I think I made a great impression on him.”

Discussing the interview, which lasted 30 minutes and took place in the office where he will be upbraided countless times until years of mounting frustration and despair finally drive him to quit, Tullman said he gave the perfect answer to every question about his previous employment, technical skills, and greatest strengths and weaknesses.

In addition, Tullman reported that he made solid eye contact throughout the meeting and ended on a strong handshake, projecting a confidence that will be gradually decimated over the next half decade as Palmero micromanages him to a maddening degree and stymies his career advancement time and time again.

“I was getting a good vibe from the moment I walked in. All that background research I did on the company definitely paid off once Peter and I got to talking,” said Tullman, recounting his diligent preparation to impress the person whose name, when mentioned, will soon have the power to leave him feeling panicked day or night, even during holidays and when he’s on vacation. “It just goes to show that if you put in the hard work ahead of time, you get the results you’re after.”

“On the way out, he took the time to introduce me to everyone in his department,” Tullman continued, referring to the coworkers whose opinions of him will be shaped more or less exclusively by meetings in which he is openly ridiculed by Palmero. “I’d say that’s a pretty good sign.”

Palmero himself, whose demands will reportedly include that his new hire frequently stay late, work on weekends, and occasionally fetch drinks for visiting clients, later confirmed that Tullman would make a great replacement for the person who previously held the position, an employee whose brief tenure at the company he systematically ruined between 2010 and August of this year.

“Marc is certainly the strongest candidate I’ve interviewed so far,” said Palmero, whose voice alone will, until late 2019, be enough to make Tullman feel completely miserable about life. “There are still a few people coming in this afternoon, but barring any great surprises, I think I’ve made my decision.”

“I think I’ll very much enjoy having Marc on our team,” he added.