The new man at the Loftus Road hot-seat, swerved all questions designed to get him making promises about getting Rangers to the play-offs and even referred to the imminent transfer window as 'far off.'
He insisted it was not time to speak about ultimate goals, but first to establish some basics of performance.
"We are talking about the outcome and you don't do that," he said when pressed on the issue of whether the current squad can achieve promotion this season.
"You have to talk about the process before the outcome.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's QPR bow in pictures:
"There is a lot of work to be done and you have to do the fundamentals first to be able to see the outcome. So lets talk about the work first and then we will see where we will get.
"The players will have to buy into that because they are part of QPR and part of the family and we will have to find a way that works for us and makes everybody proud."
So what are the fundamentals of which Hasselbaink speaks? There were not many clues, but a brand of football designed to get fans off their seats appeared on the list.
And despite a lack of end product, Hasselbaink clearly felt his side had made small strides towards this in the Burnley stalemate.
"Today the majority of the fans are going home with a smile on their face because they are seeing their team fighting and trying to put a kind of football on the pitch that entertains them," he added.
"Performance is the most important thing at the moment and the performance, especially in the first half was very good."