Maybe COVID will change this and in person will be just as equal as video.Sure- of course you can tell better.
But I am not going to make someone drive 2-5+ hours for it. Especially during a pandemic. If they are local and didn't want to do an in person I would probably ask why. Everyone got jobs and families and other responsibilities and I def wouldnt want someone taking off of work and missing stuff for an interview when it could just as easily be done via zoom.
Maybe I am in the minority.
In my current job I interviewed via phone, then via zoom, then started with the company and have worked from home ever since. Never even met my boss or team.
I would make the case that if you’re not willing to drive 2-5hrs one time for an interview to get that extra score vs a phone interview then you might not drive 2-5 hrs. for drill weekend once a month. I drive 2+ hours for drill and drove ~4hrs one way to interview with an O-6 when I applied the second time because I wanted to do all I could to give myself the best shot at getting selected.
To each their own and what you are saying is not wrong at all, just giving my opinion, which is not worth much. HA