SQL - Length of FirstName and LastName

I am able to find the length of a person's FirstName and LastName by doing this:

SELECT LEN(FirstName + ' ' + LastName) AS NameLength
FROM dbo.Employees

That gives me the length of both the FirstName and LastName as well as the space in between.

What I am trying to accomplish is have the words, "Your full name is (NameLength) characters" I tried to add the two together but I get converting error.


You need to cast the number to varchar in order to append it to text, like

select 'your name is ' + cast(LEN(FirstName + ' ' + LastName) as varchar(64)) + ' chars '

(you have this tagged as both mysql and sql-server, so i'll just put a sql-server example here)