Video Interviews and what ifs ...
Oh, zerox, zerox,
Did you notice how terribly discouraging your second paragraph is? :( I will try to cheer you up, and maybe look on the bright side of the video interview. :)
"It's clear that the video interview is a necessary tool to add to your kit, and while I do think these tips will help you to land the job, they also do highlight some of the problems with it."
* It depends on the glass with which you look at it. If you know beforehand what problems may occur you can prepare better in case they occur, which is only a possibility, but not a fact. When you go to a physical interview there are also some possible problems you have to think of in order to try to avoid them just the same, i.e.: What if something happens right before you leave home? What if something happens on your way to the interview? What if something unexpected happens during the interview? A physical interview is no guarantee that everything will go perfect.
"What if you don't have a home office? Does it really make sense to re-arrange your house for a single interview? No, but the interviewer doesn't know anything about you, so maybe you can't blame him for disqualifying you for that."
* A home office is not literary an "office" in your home. Even if you don't have a desk, or a separate room where you work when you are at home you can create a nice setting for the interview without having to re-arrange your house. Sitting in your livingroom, with a bookstore, painting, or white wall behind is enough. If you have spouse, kids, dog, cat, canary, goldfish, or mouse I am sure they can all go for a walk for an hour to leave you in peace for the interview. Okay, the canary, goldfish, and mouse can stay. You don't need to re-arrange the whole house. You probably do arrangements for some occasions, anyway.
"Headset and webcam quality varies greatly - should I really invest in good ones? I have no way of knowing how many video interviews I'll ever have."
* Well you have to put some effort if you are interested in the job, don't you? You can always borrow a headset for a day if you don't have one, or want to buy one. I am pretty sure everyone knows someone who owns a good headset. Most laptops --if not all-- come with a built-in Webcam, don't they?
"What if the holdups are actually on the interviewer's end, but he blames you? Nothing you can do about that."
* In that case, you most likely won't want to work for such company, becasue it could be a sample of what you can expect. So, why bother?
"It seems like there are still too many intangibles."
* You can only succeed by creating solutions to problems that are already there, or problem that could be there. If you are not willing to give it a try there is no way you can know if you would have had that incredible dream job that could possibly have changed the course of your career, and your life. You need to try things, to give them a chance to be able to tell if they can work well, or not. You see? :)