I don´t understand the difference between both sentences. What can I ask my friend about her new job?

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The form what would you have been doing strongly implies that it will not happen - that you have not got the job, or have no hope of getting the job (it is an irrealis, or counter-factual form).

With what would you be doing, the question of whether you will get the job is left open: you may or may not get it.

(The third form, which you didn't ask about, is what will you be doing, which implies that you definitely have the job.)


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