When a conflict is resolved and you go to the loot tables, is that something that’s supposed to happen automatically , or is “looting the room” something that should eat up a turn?
My understanding is that it happens automatically.
Yup. You can loot bodies or rooms without advancing the grind. If the loot is hidden, you’ll have to search for it and that will advance the grind. But generally you just ask what loot you find. Note that if you Drive Off, you won’t get to loot anything your opponent was carrying, though you would have access to anything left in its lair.