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Returning exact field length in sql query

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I am using sql to create a flat file. I have this line of sql

 case when LEFT([Last_Name_Applicant], 16) is NULL then  space(16)  else LEFT([Last_Name_Applicant], 16) end as  [NAME-L],

I want my query to return a length of 16 even if the value of the field is just 6
for example "Davies"

Query should return "Davies          "

Please assist.
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Question by:Sirdots
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try :
CONVERT(CHAR(16), LEFT(Last_Name_Applicant, 16))
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Or SELECT LEFT([Last_Name_Applicant] + SPACE(16),16)
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