If you’re searching for some good questions to ask in a job interview, you might be in the midst of a negotiation process. We are here to help, and we already have some good news: You’re starting off on the right foot by preparing some questions to ask in your next interview.

Perhaps the most underrated interviewing ability as a candidate is to ask the right questions. Because it’s not just about the answers you receive. What you ask in an interview helps the interviewer understand where your head is at and where your values lie.

With the right questions…


If you’re looking for some job offer negotiation best practices, you’ve come to the right place. At 10x Ascend, we’ve helped negotiate job offers for candidates engaging with the likes of Facebook, Square, Google, HSBC, and more. Today, we’ll share some of what we’ve learned negotiating business deals over the past 25+ years.

While our specialty lies in tech negotiations (think software engineers, developers, coders, programmers, data scientists, etc.), the core principles of any successful negotiation remain the same. …


From the new book Game Changer: How to be 10x in the Talent Economy

You’ll never be 10x until you’re comfortable donning “the other hat.” If you hold dear an image of yourself as primarily the talent or primarily the management, switching hats will likely not come easily.

Even those 10xers who are individual contributors by choice still need to interact in ways that require management skills. There’s just no getting around the need for two hats.

The great news is, by being the manager for someone whose career you genuinely care about, you are receiving a hands-on education in…


From the new book Game Changer: How to be 10x in the Talent Economy

Today, the exceptionally talented matter more than ever.

Consider yourself 10x if: You are in a constant state of evolution and improvement, fueled by curiosity, ambition, and an insatiable desire to do more and do it better. 10xers can tackle a company’s thorniest problems, improve their strongest assets, and cut a path to success.

With the rapid digitization of every conceivable product and service — in fact, virtually every human action and interaction — the environment has transformed so fast that nearly every organization must consider…


How the adoption of an entirely new practice could balance the power dynamic between employers and job candidates.

When talking about employment, you often hear people say things like, “It’s a two-way street.” Or, “You’re interviewing the company just as much as they’re interviewing you.”

These common sayings hold a lot of merit and should be embraced by those entering a job interview or negotiation. But when we think about the dynamics of a typical job search, why doesn’t the process reflect the idea that it is indeed a two-way street? Consider the list of things an employer almost always controls (or at least tries to):

  • Job descriptions and expectations
  • Required experience level
  • When and where interviews take…


They used to say “hire slow, fire fast.”

Then it was “hire fast, fire fast.”

Mantras like these are born in reaction to the workplace realities of a given time. They reflect our approaches to management, operational strategy, and the job market in general. In a lot of ways, they are a sign of the times.

But workplace norms change faster now than ever. And as we head into a new year, we’re in need of a new mantra — one that reflects a glaring paradigm shift. One that reflects an entirely new work landscape…

Hire slow, rent fast.

In…


As much as we all love to work, there is nothing quite like getting paid to take a little break. Paid time off (PTO) (aka vacation time) is a key benefit for W2 employees at most companies, and in this post we’ll discuss how to get more of it. Our goal here is to teach you to negotiate more vacation time — a.k.a. how to negotiate PTO like a pro.

An important backdrop for this topic is to understand that, like most things in a negotiation, your amount of PTO is rarely set in stone. If you’re negotiating a job…


This is the final chapter of our 5-part series in which we discuss the various elements you might want to consider when entering an employment negotiation. We’ll only be discussing a handful of topics here, but for all 24 elements check out The Lifestyle Calculator, a tool used by job candidates to weigh what it most important to them in a compensation package.

In our previous chapter, we talked about purpose — negotiation items related to both personal and career growth. We dove into some of the details on career development programs, and shed light on companies with some of…


This is part 4 of our 5-part series in which we break down the various elements you may want to consider when entering a job offer negotiation. For all 24 elements, check out The Lifestyle Calculator, a tool that can be used by job candidates to weigh what it most important to them in a compensation package.

In our previous chapter, we dove into participation, covering key job offer topics related to equity, vesting, and buyouts. These are some of the most critical elements of a well crafted job offer. …


This is part 3 of our 5-part series in which we break down the 24 unique elements you may want to consider when entering a job offer negotiation. For all 24 items, check out The Lifestyle Calculator, a tool that can be used by job candidates to weigh what it most important to them in a compensation package.

Our previous chapter touched on negotiation topics related to logistics, like location of work, budgets, and expense accounts. …

Michael Solomon

Michael Solomon is the co-Founder of 10x Management, 10x Ascend, Brick Wall Management and Musicians On Call.

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