Can I say ?

I. If I know that my friend have changed the job, so can I ask suddenly that:
1 "Hey John! What did you do for a living? / Hey John! What was your job?" or I have to ask that "Hey John! Formerly, what did you do for a living? / Hey John! Formerly, what was your job?"?
2 "Hey John! Were you a teacher? or I have to ask that "Hey John! Formerly, were you a teacher?"
And does he understand me when I ask suddenly like that?

II. If I know that my friend have changed the name and I have forgotten the old name of him, so can I ask suddenly that:
3 Hey John! What was your name? / Hey John! Were you Tom? or I have to ask that "Hey John! Formerly, what was your name? / Hey John! Formerly, were you Tom?"

4 Do I have to add the time in the past when I know someone or something that have changed?

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