Boot Options / Firmware
In VMware, under the VM Options --> Boot Options, there is an option called Firmware. You can choose either "BIOS" or "EFI". My personal preference is to use BIOS. I suppose you could argue either way, and I've used both. I have found from personal experience that the toolsets on Linux that support EFI are extremely limited compared to what's available with a standard BIOS. For example, if you ever need to resize a partition, the tools are not available using EFI. So I feel that the BIOS option is the best and most straightforward option.
Also please note that the partitioning I outline in this document depends on the BIOS option. If you happen to use EFI instead, you'll need to modify the disk partitioning accordingly.